Time determined for creation of Azerbaijani gas field operation company

Oil&Gas Materials 18 September 2017 15:24 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.18

By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

The joint venture of French TOTAL and Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR for operation of Azerbaijan’s large gas field Absheron in the Caspian Sea is expected to start activities by late 2017, a source in Azerbaijan’s oil and gas market told Trend Sept.18.

The source said that the work on creating JOCAP (joint operation company for Absheron petroleum) is close to completion.

“JOCAP should be active by end 2017,” added the source.

Earlier, Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR and TOTAL signed a framework agreement on the main contractual and commercial principles regulating the program of the first phase of Absheron field’s development.

The first phase of the field’s development envisages drilling of one well at a sea depth of 450 meters. The production will stand at up to 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year and these volumes will be used in Azerbaijan’s domestic market. It is planned to produce first gas from the field in 2019.

TOTAL is expected to adopt the final investment decision on Absheron by late 2017 and the first appraisal well will be drilling in late 2017. The approximate cost of the first phase is estimated at $1 billion.

Absheron’s reserves are estimated at 350 billion cubic meters of gas and 45 million tons of condensate, according to the estimations of SOCAR geologists.

Absheron project will be operated by JOCAP (50 percent SOCAR, 50 percent TOTAL).


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