Caspian Sea News


TotalEnergies and SOCAR Kickstart Production from Absheron Offshore Field

Jul 10, 2023

French oil major TotalEnergies and its partner SOCAR, Azerbaijan's national oil firm, have started production of the first phase of development of the Absheron gas and condensate field in the Caspian Sea, around 100 km south-east of Baku.This…

Oil Output in Kazakhstan Down 21% on July 4 from July 2 after Blackout

Jul 05, 2023

Oil production in Kazakhstan plummeted by around a fifth on July 4 to 1.46 million barrels per day from July 2, after the widespread power outages, official data from an analytical center at the energy ministry showed on Wednesday. Oil refining volumes fell by 46% on July 4 to 20…

Kazakhstan's Oilfields, Disputes, and Settlements

Jun 08, 2023

Kazakhstan's Energy Minister Almasadam Satkaliyev said on Tuesday that the central Asian country is pressing ahead with $16.5 billion in claims against international oil companies over disputed project costs.The new claims are the latest in…

Kazakhstan to Press Ahead with $16.5B Claim Against Oil Majors

Jun 06, 2023

Kazakhstan is pressing ahead with $16.5 billion in claims against international oil majors over disputed project costs and has no plans for a possible out-of-court settlement, Energy Minister Almasadam Satkaliyev said on Tuesday.The legal wrangling…

Kazakhstan’s Oil Output Drops 3% in May vs April to 1.55 mln bpd - Sources

Jun 05, 2023

Kazakhstan cut its oil production (excluding gas condensate) by 3% on a daily basis in May compared to April to 1.55 million barrels per day (bpd), Reuters calculations based on data from two sources familiar with preliminary data showed on Monday…

Kashagan Oilfield Output Drops after Injection Well Closures

May 25, 2023

Oil output at Kazakhstan's giant Kashagan oilfield fell this month after its operator shut two offshore injection wells on May 20 following the detection of sour gas during routine sampling, the company said on Thursday.The North Caspian Operating…

Kazakhstan Takes Oil Majors to Arbitration Over Costs

Apr 11, 2023

Kazakhstan has started arbitration proceedings against companies developing its Kashagan and Karachaganak oilfields over $13 billion and $3.5 billion, respectively, in costs deducted as part of profit-sharing deals, its energy minister said on Tuesday…

Oil Giants Face Arbitration as Kazakhstan Alleges Unapproved Spending in Major Oil Fields

Apr 05, 2023

Oil majors operating Kazakhstan's Kashagan and Karachaganak oil fields are being taken to arbitration by the country over allegations including unapproved spending, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter…

Caspian Sunrise Wins Work for Shallow Water Drilling Vessel

Mar 07, 2023

Kazakhstan-focused oil and gas company Caspian Sunrise has won a contract for its offshore drilling vessel, Caspian Explorer.The company, which bought the shallow-water drilling vessel back in 2020, said Tuesday the vessel would drill a well…

Liebherr Rostock Ships Its First Offshore Cranes for Azeri Gas Project

Feb 23, 2023

Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock recently shipped four new offshore cranes to the Umid Babek Operating Company (UBOC) for the Umid-2 gas project in Azerbaijan. The delivery of the Board Offshore Crane (BOS) series units marks Liebherr Rostock’s first offshore crane shipment to Azerbaijan…

Lukoil, KazMunayGas in Caspian Sea Collaboration

Feb 09, 2023

Russian oil firm Lukoil has signed several agreements with Kazakhstan's KazMunayGas in Astana regarding the Kalamkas-Sea, Khazar, Auezov subsoil area development project in the Kazakhstan sector of the Caspian Sea. They define the rights and…

BP Spuds Exploration Well in Caspian Sea

Jan 27, 2023

Oil major BP, as the operator of the consortium behind the Azeri Shah Deniz field, has started drilling a new exploration well (SDX-8) in the contract area, in the Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan.The company is using the Heydar Aliyev semi-submersible drilling rig…

BP Produced 20.4 mln Tonnes of Oil in Azerbaijan in 2022 - Ministry

Jan 13, 2023

BP produced 20.4 million tonnes of oil in Azerbaijan in 2022, the energy ministry said on Friday.Gas production from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) field totaled 13.4 billion cubic meters (bcm), the energy ministry said, while 25.2 bcm was produced from the Shah Deniz gas project…

AD Ports, Kazmortransflot in Caspian Sea Offshore Services JV

Dec 28, 2022

UAE-based AD Ports Group and KMTF (Kazmortransflot), an offshore logistics and services subsidiary of the Kazakh National Oil Company (KazMunayGas), have signed a deal to launch a joint venture that will provide offshore and shipping services for energy companies in the Caspian Sea…

16,000t Jacket Completed for Azeri Offshore Platform Project

Dec 14, 2022

Oil major BP said Tuesday that the jacket of the Azeri Central East (ACE) platform built at the Heydar Aliyev Baku Deepwater Jackets Factory (BDJF) was ready for load-out to sail away to its permanent location in the ACG contract area in the Caspian Sea…

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