Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 15
By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:
Drilling at the Azerbaijani Shafag-Asiman offshore block of gas fields will depend on the plans to use the Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR’s new drilling rig, BP Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey Gordon Birrell said on Dec. 15.
The drilling will entirely depend on the availability and readiness of a next-generation drilling rig which is currently being built by the Azerbaijani company, he said.
The drilling rig will probably not be used in 2017, since SOCAR has other plans for the platform, Birrell added.
Thus, plans for the drilling at the Shafag-Asiman block of fields can change, he explained.
SOCAR and BP signed a contract on the Shafag-Asiman block of fields for a period of 30 years in October 2010. The exploration period is four years with possibility of extension for three more years.