BP begins oil production from Gunashli field

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Apr. 23 -- BP PLC has started oil production from the third phase of Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) field in the Azerbaijan area of the Caspian Sea.

The field will produce plateau oil levels of 320,000 b/d via the deepwater Gunashli (DWG) platform complex in 175 m of water. The DWG facility has 48 drilling slots and a drilling and production platform bridge linked to a water injection and gas compression platform.

Oil will be delivered through the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline from the Caspian Sea to Turkey's Mediterranean coast.

BP said: "Production export off the complex is via two 30-in. oil pipeline tie-ins and a single 28 in. gas pipeline tie-in into preinstalled pipeline junctions located on the Azeri field subsea export pipelines to the onshore Sangachal terminal. In addition, uniquely for the ACG project, two subsea water injection manifolds, four water injection supply flowlines, and associated control umbilicals have been installed in the DWG development."

Oil production is expected to increase as more predrilled wells come on stream during the year. Overall, ACG's total production will hit more than 1 million b/d, including Chirag, East Azeri, West Azeri, and Central Azeri.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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