The second jacket for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 platforms has set sail to the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan, the BP-led Shah Deniz consortium announced today (16 March).
Sailaway of the QU jacket.
The quarters and utilities (QU) platform jacket sailed away from the Heydar Aliyev Baku Deepwater Jackets Factory (BDJF) ahead of schedule on 15 March. The transportation, launch, positioning, pile installation and final completion activities of the jacket structure are expected to take around 75 days, weather pending.
The QU platform jacket weighs approximately 12,084 tonnes and stands 105m high. It contains 31 J Tubes, seven utility caissons and three J tube caissons. The jacket will be installed in a water depth of 95m at the site.
Shah Deniz is about 70km offshore Baku in 50-500m water depth, and is one of the largest gas-condensate fields in the world with 40 Tcf of gas in place. Shah Deniz II will add a further 16 Bcm/y of gas production to the approximately 9 Bcm/y by Shan Deniz Stage 1. First gas is expected in 2018.
The construction of the jacket was completed in 22 months, ahead of schedule on 20 February 2017, and was then successfully loaded onto the transportation barge STB-1 at the quayside of BDJF.
“2017 is an important year for BP and for the Shah Deniz 2 project, which is already around 90% complete. We have planned a series of key completion milestones for this year. We are committed to achieving all of these milestones on schedule to make BP’s 25th anniversary celebrations in Azerbaijan a big success,” Ewan Drummond, VP, Shah Deniz 2 Projects, said
In December, Manila’s Asian Development Bank said it would invest US$1 billion in the expansion of the BP-led Shah Deniz 2 project.
About $28 billion in capital investment will be required to produce the gas and transport it to the Georgia-Turkey border. From there, additional pipeline systems will deliver 6 Bcm/y of gas to Turkey and a further 10 Bcm/y of gas to markets in Europe, in a route known as the Southern Gas Corridor. Shah Deniz gas will travel 3500km, to elevations of over 2500m, and over 800m below the sea.
In late-August, the Shah Deniz Stage 2 production and risers jacket sailed away, also from BDJF, to the Caspian Sea.
Shah Deniz is one of the world’s largest gas-condensate fields, and one of BP’s largest discoveries to date.
The Shah Deniz consortium consists of: BP (operator – 28.8%), TPAO (19%), Petronas (15.5%), AzSD (10.0 %), Lukoil (10%), NICO (10%) and SGC Upstream (6.7%).