Recently stopped generators started to be commissioned on platform on Shah Deniz field (UPDATE)
Information was added on the resumption of work and cause of problems (the first version was posted at 11:23)
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 23 / Trend /
BP Azerbaijan Company began the process of commissioning the generators on the Shah Deniz platform, shut down yesterday because of problems with diesel fuel, a source at the company said on Thursday.
The BP Company, which is the technical operator of the Shah Deniz development, said that problem was caused by with diesel fuel contaminated with water.
"There are no problems with the platform's safety. Staff that is not assigned in the operations has been transported back to land. If the weather conditions will improve, the staff removed to shore will be returned to their workplace," the source said.
After commissioning all generators, the production on the platform will be resumed in normal regime.
The BP technical operator of Shah Deniz field has not specified the current production volume, however, before the problems occurred, production volumes reached about 18 million cubic meters per day from three wells.
Peak production is forecast at over 9 billion cubic meters of gas and 50,000 barrels of condensate per day. According to forecasts, within the second phase of the field's development gas, production may be increased to 25 billion cubic meters per year. Shah Deniz reserves are estimated at an amount of 1.2 trillion cubic meters of gas.
The contract to develop the offshore Shah Deniz field was signed on June 4, 1996. Agreement participants are BP (operator) - 25.5 percent, Statoil - 25.5 percent, NICO - 10 percent, Total - 10 percent, LukAgip - 10 percent, TPAO - 9 percent, and SOCAR - 10 percent.