BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 5
By Eldar Janashvili - Trend:
Seventy percent of oil and gas production volume by Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR is delivered onshore via the Oil Rocks, Ibrahim Ahmadov, spokesperson for SOCAR, told Trend Nov. 5 during a media tour on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Oil Rocks field.
Oil Rocks is a strategic communications and infrastructure hub uniting other oil fields in Azerbaijan, Ahmadov said.
Regarding the oil logistics process, SOCAR spokesperson noted that oil extracted there, after heating to 35-40 degrees in special furnaces, is transported directly via a 70-kilometer pipeline to Dubendi Oil Terminal and is sent for export or processing.
Reception, primary processing and transfer to shore of natural gas produced at the Guneshli field and the Chirag-1 platform are carried out through a self-propelled compressor station, Ahmadov added.
“In 1994, the station was commissioned with design capacity of 4.2 million cubic meters per day,” SOCAR spokesperson said. “As a result of the subsequent modernization, its transmission capacity was increased to 11 million cubic meters per day.”
Oil Rocks is the oldest field in Azerbaijan. Its development began in 1949.
Oil Rocks is an industrial settlement in Baku, Azerbaijan. A full town on the sea, it was the first oil platform in Azerbaijan, and the first operating offshore oil platform in the world, incorporating numerous drilling platforms.
The first large-scale geological study of the area was conducted in 1945–1948. The settlement of Oil Rocks was built after oil was discovered there on Nov. 7, 1949, at 1,100 meters beneath the Caspian Sea.