Deepwater Gunashli Construction Activities 76 % Complete

Oil&Gas Materials 14 February 2007 11:23 (UTC +04:00)

BP informed Trend that Overall Phase 3 (DWG) construction activities made very good progress last year. The project is on schedule with 76% overall progress and we are on target to achieve production start-up in the second quarter of 2008.

The Phase 3 Drilling, Utilities and Quarters Platform (DUQ) topsides in-country fabrication is currently 87% complete. The DUQ jacket, which was built at Baku Deepwater Jackets Factory (BDJF) and is designed to be installed in 175 metres of water depth, is 100% complete. It was loaded out onto the transportation barge last September and will remain on the barge at the BDJF quayside this winter until the target installation date of April 2007.

The last jacket to be built for Phase 3 is for the Production, Compression, Water Injection and Utilities (PCWU) platform. The construction of this jacket is now approximately 77% complete.

The last platform to be built for Phase 3 is the PCWU topsides. The construction of these topsides at the ATA (AmecвЂ"Tekfen-Azfen) yard in Bibi-Heybat continues with progress to date of 80%. This deck is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2007.

The Phase 3 north and south flank subsea water injection facilities engineering and procurement is 99% complete. These facilities will inject over 400,000 barrels of water per day into the Deepwater Gunashli reservoir through six subsea wells drilled from two subsea drilling centres approximately 5km away from the Deepwater Gunashli platform. Development of these subsea facilities marks the first significant subsea development in the Caspian Sea, and paves the way for future Caspian subsea developments in ACG, Shah Deniz and elsewhere.

The Phase 3 east manifold subsea water injection project is designed to inject another 200,000 barrels of water per day into the Deepwater Gunashli reservoir through four subsea wells drilled from a single subsea drilling centre. The engineering and procurement of this manifold is currently 48% complete with the delivery of all equipment (except flexible flowlines) on track for 2007.