Caspian Sea News

(Photo: Saipem)

Saipem Wins BP Azerbaijan Job

Saipem, in consortium with Boshelf LLC and STAR GULF FZCO, has recently been awarded three new contracts by BP for the development of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli oil and gas (ACG) field offshore Azerbaijan.Saipem has been a key contractor in this field since the 1990s. Located in the Caspian Sea at approximately 120 kilometers from the coast of Azerbaijan, the field extends over an area of more than 4,000 square kilometers and is one of the largest of its kind in the world.Specifically, two contracts are for pipeline design, pipelay and related activities, while the third is for transportation and

Image: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CSJC (ASCO)

2nd Stage Of Pipe Laying in Absheron Field Over

Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CSJC (ASCO) announced that its vessels - Suleiman Vazirov and Yarenga - have completed the second stage of pipe laying work in the Absheron gas and condensate field located in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.According to the Azerbaijani shipping company, at this stage, an 8-inch pipeline with a length of 11,459 meters was layed in the Absheron area between jackets No. 23 and No. 57.Next stage includes pipe laying works at the Gas Separation Station No. 2 of the Bulla-Deniz field. It is planned to lay a pipeline with a length of 27 km.The Suleiman Vazirov pipe-laying

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Expro Wins BP Extension

Oilfield services company Expro said it has secured a four-year contract extension for BP’s Shah Deniz Stage 2 project in the South Caspian Sea.The contract extension will see Expro continue its provision of subsea landing string equipment and services to the project.In 2014, Expro secured a five-year contract for the project, providing its Landing String Assembly – High Pressure (ELSA-HP) 15k valves in conjunction with its EXPRESS electro hydraulic control systems.Expro's new $5 million purpose-built facility in Baku, Azerbaijan will support the work. The facility opened Thursday will

SOCAR Inks Deals for Caspian Fields with Equinor

Azeri state oil company SOCAR and Norway's Equinor on Wednesday signed a risk service contract for the development of the Karabakh offshore oil and natural gas field in the Caspian Sea.The two companies also signed a product-sharing agreement for Ashrafi, Dan-Ulduzu and Aypara exploration area."The agreements signed today represent a natural next step in the region. This will strengthen our position in a prolific basin and develop growth options," Equinor Chief Executive Eldar Saetre said in a statement.To operate the licences, Equinor and SOCAR will form a 50-50 joint operating company.

Photo: JW Fisher

JW Fishers Pipe Tracking Made Easy

state of the art equipment and expertise in all surveying functions, Lighthouse provides their customer with best-in-industry survey results. In 2017, Lighthouse was subcontracted by a client to provide data on the shore-approach section of two 32” and one 16” export pipelines in the Caspian Sea. The objective of the survey was to align the landfall tie-in point (figure 1), the nearshore section (figure 2) and the land section (figure 3). The main challenge faced by the project team was to identify a suitable pipe tracker that could operate both on shore and underwater while still producing

BP, SOCAR to Ink Caspian Sea Exploration Deal

Azeri state energy company SOCAR plans to sign a production-sharing agreement with BP to jointly explore prospects in a new block, D-230, in the North Absheron basin of the Caspian Sea before the end of 2017, a source at SOCAR said on Thursday. BP and SOCAR signed a memorandum of understanding on joint exploration of this block in May 2016 in a move that reflected efforts by SOCAR and foreign companies to make new discoveries in the oil-rich country. "Participants of the deal will each have 50 percent of shares in the agreement," the source, who did not want to be named, told Reuters.

GeoSphere data log shows the layered formation structure in the well. (Image: SLB)

GeoSphere: Mapping-while-drilling Evolution

service mapped the top of the massive sands from more than 20-m [66-ft] true vertical depth above, ensuring a safer and more optimal landing result. Also, the operator was able to detect the oil/water contact while landing the 12 1/4-in section prior to penetrating the reservoir.   In the Caspian Sea, the GeoSphere service mapped formation boundaries that were located up to 24 m from the wellbore, allowing the operator to geosteer the well with only 5 trajectory changes compared with an average 15-20 in previous wells. In this project, Schlumberger achieved world record for the new service

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

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 specifically designed and built to install the biggest subsea production system in the Caspian Sea as part of the Shah Deniz Stage 2 project.   Abu Bakar, Managing Director (Gas & Specialised Vessels), Keppel O&M, said, "We are proud to have designed and built this highly sophisticated SCV for the Shah Deniz consortium, the first such vessel to be built in the Caspian region

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IKM Cleandrill to Start Operations in Azerbaijan

 IKM Cleandrill is slated to begin its first offshore operations in the Caspian Sea in early 2018, after having been awarded a contract for riserless mud circulating system services by Total E&P ABSHERON BV on behalf of Joined Operating Company for Absheron Project (JOCAP), 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

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