Azerbaijan News

Saipem Selects Tritech Sensors

a wide swathe of high-resolution bathymetry data. Operating at 620 kHz and a range resolution of 10mm alongside an update rate of up to 50 Hz, the Gemini 620pd is ideally suited for use on WROVs. Saipem is to deploy the system as part of their operations on the Shah Deniz Stage 2 (SD2) Project in Azerbaijan.   Saipem has also recently purchased additional Tritech products for use on their new Sonsub Innovator 2.0 WROVs. The products purchased for these new WROVs include the industry-standard SeaKing mechanical scanning profiling sonars, real-time Gemini 720i multibeam imaging sonars and SCUs

UES Seanic engineers complete the refurbishment of client’s marine crane (Photo: UES Seanic)

Newly Formed UES Seanic Wins First Contract

fleet. We look forward to working with Oceana Subsea.”   Centurion Group and ATR Group merged in July 2016, creating a global player in the oil and gas rental and services market. The Group, headquartered in Aberdeen, also operates from bases in Newcastle, Great Yarmouth, The Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Singapore, Australia and the USA

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Topaz to Supply 14 Vessels for BP in Azerbaijan

vessel contracts with BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Limited.     Under the terms of the agreement, Topaz will supply 14 offshore support vessels for a five-year period plus two one-year options at current market terms, primarily in support of BP’s ACG and Shah Deniz II fields offshore Azerbaijan.    The agreement extends currently running contracts for the 14 vessels until 2023 including all options. These contracts bring Topaz’s global revenue backlog to nearly $1.4 billion.   Topaz’s fleet contracted by BP through this agreement spans large anchor-handlers

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Gaylin / Rigmarine Offer William Hackett Subsea Lever Hoist

Gaylin, a specialist supplier of lifting, rigging and marine equipment primarily to the oil and gas industry, also has facilities in Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Indonesia. Rigmarine hubs, meanwhile, can be found at its most recently opened site in Aberdeen, in addition to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and the UAE.   Mike Duncan, managing director at Gaylin, said, “The SS-L5 is a great product in its own right, specifically designed for use in offshore and subsea operations, a key customer base for our companies. However, what creates the real customer value are the safety

BP's Na Kika platform in the Gulf of Mexico (File photo: BP)

One Billion Additional Barrels 'Possible' in GoM Hubs -BP

, particularly those involving complex salt structures that were obscured or distorted, the company said.   BP last week said its use of the imaging technology had identified 200 million barrels of possible resources at is Atlantis field alone. It plans to apply the technology to other fields in Azerbaijan, Angola, and Trinidad and Tobago, it said. (Reporting by Jessica Resnick-Ault; editing by Gary McWilliams and Chizu Nomiyama

Shah Deniz Stage 2, or Full Field Development (FFD) is a giant project that will add a further 16 billion cubic meters per year (bcma) of gas production to the approximately 9 bcma produced by Shah Deniz courtesy Saipem Contracting Netherlands

Shah Deniz Partners Award Subsea Installation Deal

the reactivation of the Pipe-lay Barge Israfil Huseinov and the second pipe-lay installation campaign of the deeper water flow-lines in 2019. Work on Shah Deniz Stage 2 and South Caucasus Pipeline expansion (SCPX) projects continue to move forward with more than 70% of all first gas work across Azerbaijan and Georgia already complete in terms of engineering, procurement and construction. The project remains on schedule for the first gas in 2018.  

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IKM Cleandrill to Start Operations in Azerbaijan

, a 50/50 joint venture between SOCAR and Total. IKM said the contract will include the installation of its MRR500 mud recovery system onto a new semisubmersible drill rig, and provision of subsea drilling fluid pumping services as part of Absheron Project’s drilling campaign in the Republic of Azerbaijan. IKM added it is upgrading its standard MRR500 system with increased pumping power to meet this requirement, as the project is technically challenging, with deep water, high mud weights and potentially harsh environmental conditions. The new MRR500 XL system will provide Absheron Project with

Maersk Drilling has won a contract extension for one of its offshore drilling rigs.

5-Yrs Extension for Rig Heydar Aliyev

  Maersk Drilling has been awarded a 5-year contract extension for the semi-submersible Heydar Aliyev rig with BP Exploration (Shah Deniz) Limited acting as Operator of  the Shah Deniz field . The rig will continue working on the development of the Shah Deniz field in the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan. The extension is in direct continuation of the current contract ending May 2016 and extends the contract until May 2021. The estimated value of the contract extension is up to USD 523m. “We are very pleased with the extension for the Heydar Aliyev rig and look forward to continue our

Designed by Keppel Offshore & Marine and built by Baku Shipyard, the state-of-the-art subsea construction vessel, Khankendi, will install the biggest subsea production system in the Caspian Sea (Photo: Keppel)

Subsea Construction Vessel Launched in Azerbaijan

The vessel was named Khankendi by the President of Azerbaijan, H.E. Ilham Aliyev, at a ceremony in Baku Shipyard and launched by the Shah Deniz consortium.   Baku Shipyard LLC, a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and Azerbaijan Investment Company (AIC), has completed a Subsea Construction Vessel (SCV) for the Caspian region.   The Khankendi will be deployed to the Shah Deniz field where it is expected to perform subsea installation and construction work over the next eleven years. The SCV was specifical

The Central Azeri Platform. (Photo: Stuart Conway / BP)

25 More Years in the ACG Field

Statoil, together with co-venturers and the Azerbaijan Government sign amended and restated Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli PSA.   The Azerbaijan Government and the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) together with BP, Statoil, Chevron, INPEX, ExxonMobil, TPAO, ITOCHU and ONGC Videsh today sign the amended and restated Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) which will be effective until the end of 2049. The agreement was signed today in Baku and is now subject to ratification by the Parliament (Milli Majlis) of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

BP, SOCAR to Ink Caspian Sea Exploration Deal

of the deal will each have 50 percent of shares in the agreement," the source, who did not want to be named, told Reuters. Block D-230 covers areas in a water depth of up to 300 metres, with a reservoir depth of 3,000-5,000 metres. BP is a main investor and operator of two major projects in Azerbaijan - the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) oilfields, which account for most of Azerbaijan's output, and the Shah Deniz offshore gas field, which is estimated to contain 1.2-1.5 trillion cubic metres of gas.   Reporting by Nailia Bagirova; Writing by Margarita Antidz

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Fugro Integrates its UK Geotechnical Firms

; to more efficiently deliver multi-service projects. The company works offshore and on land providing engineering and geotechnical services for clients in the energy, infrastructure and mining sectors worldwide. Projects include the Kribi port development (Cameroon), BP’s Azeri oilfield (Azerbaijan) and Flamanville nuclear power plant (France). Significant UK projects include Hinkley Point nuclear power station, Gwynt y Môr and Walney offshore wind farms, HS2, as well as the Garden Bridge, Shard and Thames Tideway projects in London

Jamie Burrows (Photo: Jee Ltd.)

Jee Secures Contract Extension with BP

management, span assessment, intelligent and operational pigging support and ad hoc engineering studies, Jee said. Jee has worked with BP for more than two decades on ad hoc global operations and project support in locations including Aberdeen, Grangemouth and London in the U.K., and Angola, Azerbaijan, Norway and Trinidad internationally

RentAir Offshore and ATR Power Solutions Merge

globally and delivering much more cost-effective solutions.”   Centurion Group and ATR Group merged on July 27, 2016. The combined group, headquartered in Aberdeen, has a turnover in excess of £100 million and operates from bases in Aberdeen, Great Yarmouth, The Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Singapore, Australia and the U.S.  

Courtesy of Ulstein Group/Tonje Alvestad

Subsea Vessel Ops Predicted to Grow Over Coming Years

;FSU regional developments are shallow water-focused with increasing deepwater projects coming online through the forecast period in the Caspian Sea. The majority of regional expenditure is associated with pipe laying and pipeline support vessel activities due to large pipeline installation projects in Azerbaijan and Russia. Vessel demand is anticipated to be approximately 22,000 days over the forecast period. Latin America Latin America is one of the largest regional markets with total expenditure amounting to $18.2bn between 2015 and 2019, an 86% increase from the 2010-2014 period. Vessel demand

Chirag (Photo: BP)

BP Suspends Chirag Platform for Maintenance

BP has suspended operations at Chirag, one of its platforms in the Caspian Sea, for planned maintenance, the British oil company said on Tuesday.   "Operations at Chirag have been suspended today for planned maintenance for 25 days," BP-Azerbaijan said in a statement.   It said the work would maintain the ability of the platform to produce in a safe, reliable and environmentally sound way and added that oil exports would continue according to the schedule.   Chirag is one of the main offshore oilfields in Azerbaijan operated by BP. The company suspended operations at

Courtesy Subsea 7

Subsea 7 Wins Offshore Azerbaijan Deal

Subsea 7 S.A. announced the award of a contract by BP Exploration for the provision of subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services on both the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) and Shah Deniz (SD) fields, offshore Azerbaijan. Under the terms of this five year agreement, the scope of work comprises the provision of a Life of Field support vessel complete with work class and observation class ROVs, capable of performing inspection, survey, intervention, light subsea construction, surface diving and emergency response services. The life of field support vessel will be supported by a Baku based

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