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Shah Deniz Developments
This article appeared in Vol. 14, No. 2 - 2017

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With 40 Tcfg in place, Shah Deniz is one of the largest gascondensate fields in the world. Discovered in 1999, it is located in the Caspian Sea, 70 km south-east of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, in water depths ranging from 50 to 500m, and started producing in December 2006. Since then it has undergone a series of improvements and production capacity is now nearly 1 Bcfgpd, with gas delivered by pipeline to a number of countries including Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

Expanding the project still further, Shah Deniz Stage 2, or Full Field Development, is a giant project that will add a further 565 Bcfg a year to the field’s output, and is designed to bring Caspian gas resources to markets in Europe for the very first time via a pipeline route known as the Southern Gas Corridor. The project includes the construction of two new bridge-linked offshore platforms, the first of which was safely towed out and installed towards the end of 2016.

  • The first Shah Deniz 2 platform before it was transported out to the field. (Source: BP)

Operator BP have now announced that the second platform left the construction yard in mid-March and the transportation, launch, positioning, pile installation and final completion activities of the jacket structure are expected to take around 75 days, depending on weather conditions.

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