(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 28 . bp as operator of
the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field announces that the
Azeri Central East (ACE) project, which is the next phase of the
ACG development, has achieved a major milestone by safely and
efficiently transporting, jacking and skidding two drilling modules
onto the ACE topsides deck currently under construction, Trend reports citing
The two drilling modules - the Modular Drilling Support Module
(MDSM) and the Drilling Equipment Set (DES) were fabricated on the
ground separately from the topsides deck before commencing the
“Jack and Skid” operation. The MDSM module weighs 2,350 tonnes
measuring 43m long, 20m wide and 20m high, whilst the DES module
weighs 2,400 tonnes and is 32m long, 22m wide and 80m high. They
were built at the fabrication yard in Bibi-Heybat.
The overall ACE construction and commissioning activities are
currently at peak with around 75 percent of the project completed
and with about 5,000 people across Baku, Europe and the UK, with
the majority of them being Azerbaijani nationals.
The $6 billion development includes a new offshore platform and
facilities designed to process up to 100,000 barrels of oil per
day. The project is expected to achieve first production in 2023
and produce up to 300 million barrels over its lifetime.
The Azeri Central East project is centred on a new 48-slot
production, drilling and quarters platform located mid-way between
the existing Central Azeri and East Azeri platforms in a water
depth of approximately 140 metres. The project will also include
new infield pipelines to transfer oil and gas from the ACE platform
to the existing ACG Phase 2 oil and gas export pipelines for
transportation to the onshore Sangachal Terminal.
In addition, there will be a water injection pipeline installed
between the East Azeri and ACE platforms to supply injection water
from the Central Azeri compression and water injection platform to
the ACE facilities.
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