The jacket for one of the platforms at the BP giant project Shah Deniz Stage 2 has sailed away from the Heydar Aliyev Baku Deepwater Jackets Factory (BDFJ) in Azerbaijan for offshore installation.
The construction of the jacket was concluded on schedule and successfully loaded out onto the transportation barge STB-1 before sailing away to the Shah Deniz contract area in the Caspian Sea, BP informed in a statement.
“The first jacket sail away is an important milestone and we are pleased to have achieved this as we move towards completion of other areas of the project,” Shah Deniz 2 projects’ Vice-President, Ewan Drummond, said.
Latest BP Offshore Platform Sails To Shah Deniz
According to BP, the transportation, launch, positioning and pile installation activities of the Production and Risers (PR) platform jacket structure have been carefully planned and should take approximately 40 days to complete.
The platform jacket was fully built in Azerbaijan by BOS Shelf, Star Gulf and Saipem, forming the Shah Deniz consortium, with more than 4,700 people involved.
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The PR platform jacket weighing 13,150 tonnes and standing 344 feet high will be installed in a water depth of 308 feet.
The unit has 12 production risers, three export risers and a dedicated monoethylene glycol (MEG) import riser.
Record-hitting Platform Jacket Sails to the Caspian Sea
“I take real pride in being able to say that the jacket with the highest number of risers in the Caspian was delivered without a single day off from work case throughout the site total of 14.6 million man-hours to date,” Drummond added.
“This really is a great achievement and I am confident that the offshore installation will be performed with the same level of commitment to safety and quality,” he stated further.
Shah Deniz Stage 2 is a giant project that is expected to add a further 5.65 billion cubic feet of gas production per year to the approximately 3 billion already produced by Shah Deniz Stage 1.
It is one of the largest gas developments in the world and it is expected to help increase European energy security by bringing Caspian gas resources to markets in Europe for the very first time.
First gas is targeted by the end of 2018 with supplies to Georgia and Turkey, and gas deliveries to Europe are expected just over a year later.