BP as the operator of the Shah Deniz gas and condensate development project, has successfully completed the Stage 1 subsea pipelay activities, which commenced last September, the company told Trend on Friday.
The Shah Deniz subsea pipelay programme consisted of installation of three 90 km pipelines a 26 gas pipeline and a 12 pipeline for condensate, and a 4 piggy-backed mono ethylene glycol pipeline.
The pipelay programme utilised the Israfil Huseynov barge which previously had been re-fit and upgraded for Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) subsea pipelay operations. The pipeline installation contractor McDermott Caspian Contractors, Inc., expended some 700,000 man-hours on the Shah Deniz offshore pipeline installation activities.
The pipe used in the pipe-lay activities was coated here in Azerbaijan. In addition, the project utilized a lot of local infrastructure, including support bases, the lay barge and several support vessels.
The remaining 2006 Shah Deniz project milestones are: TPG500 sail away & offshore installation 2Q; Mechanical completion of the SD section at the terminal achieved 2Q; SCP commissioning from the Sangachal Terminal commenced 2Q; Off-take connections to BOTAS, GIOC, and Azerigas completed -3Q; Offshore commissioning of TPG500 completed 3Q; SCP ready to receive First Gas 3Q; SDX-04 completed - 4Q.