BP starts a planned maintenance programme on platforms in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 27 /Trend, E.Aliyev/
BP as operator of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli field development project advises that as part of its ACG annual work programme it will implement a planned maintenance programme on the three Azeri production platforms in the Caspian Sea. In accordance with the plan, production from the Azeri platforms - East Azeri, West Azeri and Central Azeri will be suspended in a planned sequence to enable efficient maintenance work to be undertaken, the company said Trend on Tuesday.
This is a routine maintenance programme and is part of normal operations. The planning for this and other maintenance activities conducted earlier this year started over a year ago and they are included in annual work programmes and budget.
The Azeri maintenance programme workscope will include general mechanical, instrument and control system activities. The platforms will be shut down in a planned sequence with each platform suspended for about 11-15 days. The programme is planned to start around October 20.
Production from the other BP-operated production platforms - Chirag, Deepwater Gunashli (both part of the ACG development) and Shah Deniz, as well as export operations via SCP and WREP (and liftings from Supsa) will continue as normal.
The BTC pipeline and the Sangachal Terminal will continue to operate coordinating their day-to-day operations with continuing ACG and Shah Deniz production operations. Liftings at Ceyhan will also continue however with a schedule that reflects the reduction in volume arising from the planned Azeri maintenance shutdowns.
ACG participating interests are: BP (operator - 35.78 %), Chevron (11.27%), AzACG (11.65 %), INPEX (10.96%), Statoil (8.56%), Exxonl (8%), TPAO (6.75%), ITOCHU (4.3%), Hess (2.72%).