Shahdeniz production starts to be increased

 Shahdeniz production starts to be increased
# 17 December 2013 09:51 (UTC +04:00)

Together these projects, as well as gas transmission infrastructure to Bulgaria, will create a new Southern Gas Corridor to Europe.

The Shah Deniz project entails several elements: offshore it includes drilling and completion of 26 subsea wells and construction of two bridge-linked platforms; onshore there will be new processing and compression facilities at Sangachal.

The total cost of the Shah Deniz Stage 2 and South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) expansion projects will be around $28bn. 16 billion cubic metres per year (bcma) of gas produced from the giant Shah Deniz field will be carried some 3,500 kilometres to provide energy for millions of consumers in Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and Italy. First gas is targeted for late 2018, with sales to Georgia and Turkey; first deliveries to Europe will follow approximately a year later.

Condensate production from the Shah Deniz field is expected increase to 120,000 barrels per day, from current levels of about 55,000 barrels per day.

In the shorter term, the Shah Deniz partners have agreed terms with SOCAR for expanding production through the existing facilities by 1.4bcma. The production increase is already in progress and is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.

SOCAR and the Shah Deniz partners have also agreed terms for extending the Shah Deniz Production Sharing Agreement up to 2048. The Shah Deniz partners have agreed to undertake exploration and appraisal work on prospects within the PSA area.

Today’s decision means that gas sales contracts with nine European companies will now come into effect. As a result some 10 bcma of Shah Deniz gas are expected to be delivered for 25 years to customers in Italy, Greece and Bulgaria. In addition, some 6 bcma of Shah Deniz Stage 2 gas will be delivered to consumers in Turkey. All gas sales and transportation contracts will be managed by the Azerbaijan Gas Supply Company established by Shah Deniz co-venturers under the operatorship of SOCAR.

The Shah Deniz field was discovered in 1999. Azerbaijan has been exporting gas to Georgia and Turkey since 2006 from the Shah Deniz stage 1 development.

Coincident with the FID, SOCAR purchased 6.7 per cent equity in Shah Deniz and the South Caucasus Pipeline from Statoil, and BP purchased 3.3 per cent equity in Shah Deniz and the South Caucasus Pipeline from Statoil. Both of these transactions are subject to conditions that are expected to be satisfied in 2014.

The Shah Deniz co-venturers are (after acquisitions): BP, operator (28.8 per cent), SOCAR (16.7 per cent), Statoil (15.5 per cent), Total (10 per cent), Lukoil (10 per cent), NICO (10 per cent) and TPAO (9 per cent).

The TANAP partners are expected to be: SOCAR, operator (68 per cent), BOTAS (20 per cent) and BP (12 per cent) following the purchase of TANAP interests by BOTAS and BP that are expected to be completed in 2014.

The TAP partners are: SOCAR (20 per cent), BP (20 per cent), Statoil (20 per cent), Fluxys (16 per cent), Total (10 per cent), E.ON (9 per cent) and Axpo (5 per cent).

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