Special Report: BP assays Azeri crude

BP Oil International Ltd. conducted an assay of the Azeri Light crude that recently started production in the Caspian Sea off Azerbaijan.BP Group LLC, operator of the 10-company consortium Azerbaijan International Operating Co., began oil production Dec. 30, 2005, from the West Azeri (WA) field, part of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) complex.Giant ACG, 100 km east of Baku, has reserves of 5.4 billion bbl of oil and is planned as a 30-year development and production project (OGJ Online, Sept. 24, 2004).WA production began from the first of three predrilled wells in 118 m of water. Production rates are to increase through 2006 as other predrilled wells come on stream. Plans call for more d...

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