BP Successfully Launches First Jacket on Deepwater Gunashli Field
Azerbaijan, Baku / coor. Trend / The Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC) o announced that the jacket for the Phase 3 Drilling, Utilities and Quarters Platform (DUQ) sailed on April 9, from the Heydar Aliyev Baku Deepwater Jackets Factory. It was launched offshore and docked onto pin piles at the template location in the Deepwater Gunashli (DWG) part of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) field on April 11
The Phase 3 DUQ jacket was fully constructed in the country using local construction infrastructure at BDJF facilities. The total weight of the jacket is about 15,800 tonnes. The height of the jacket is about 190 metres, and it was installed at a water depth of 175 metres. The jacket has 12 piles, with a total weight of over 7,000 tons.
The construction of this jacket was completed ahead of schedule during the third quarter last year. It was loaded out onto the transportation barge STB-1 at the BDJF quayside last September and remained there through the winter ready to sail away for offshore installation at the planned date in April 2007.
"2007 is expected to be both culmination and final link in this project chain which has consisted of construction of six world-class offshore platforms - between now and the fourth quarter we will install two jackets and two topsides for the last two ACG platforms. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my team and those of the contractor companies for their outstanding delivery of the promise," Bruce Luberski, BP's Vice-President, Major Projects said.
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 92% complete and we plan to install it offshore during the second quarter this year immediately following the DUQ jacket.