Oil giant BP, the operator of the Shah Deniz 2 project, has posted a video on its YouTube channel of the sail away and launch of the Caspian Sea project’s quarters and utilities (QU) platform jacket.
The jacket sailed away to the Shah Deniz contract area in the Caspian Sea from the Heydar Aliyev Baku Deepwater Jackets Factory (BDJF) on March 15.
It weighs approximately 12,084 tonnes, stands 105 meters high, contains 31 J Tubes, seven utility caissons, and three J tube caissons.
BP said in March that the transportation, launch, positioning, pile installation, and completion activities of the jacket structure were expected to take around 75 days, depending on the prevailing weather conditions.
According to the video, the jacket arrived at the field location and was launched from the transportation barge STB-1 on March 18.
The QU platform jacket was fully constructed in Azerbaijan using local construction infrastructure and facilities with 2,000 people including sub-contractors and specialist vendors working on construction works.
Shah Deniz Stage 2
According to BP’s data, Shah Deniz Stage 2 will add a further 16 billion cubic meters per year (bcma) of gas production to the approximately nine bcma produced by Shah Deniz Stage 1.
It includes two new bridge-linked offshore platforms and a total of 26 gas production wells. Around 500 km of subsea pipelines will link the wells with the onshore terminal. The project will also include the Sangachal terminal expansion to accommodate the new gas processing and compression facilities.
First gas is targeted in late 2018, with supplies to Georgia and Turkey. Gas deliveries to Europe are expected just over a year after first gas.
Offshore Energy Today Staff