BP, SOCAR to explore shallow water Absheron Peninsula
BP and SOCAR (the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan) have signed a new production-sharing agreement (PSA) to jointly explore for and develop potential prospects in the shallow-water area around the Absheron Peninsula in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. This new agreement is part of the government’s plan to ensure that all of Azerbaijan’s offshore areas are fully explored.
The PSA was signed by SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev on behalf of the government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as Gordon Birrell, BP’s Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
“The signing of this new PSA, which clearly deepens our partnership with BP, is an important milestone for all parties involved – the government, SOCAR and BP,” Mr Abdullayev said. “It marks the beginning of a new phase in our cooperation. This phase will enable us to work together to ensure the long-term future for Azerbaijan’s oil and gas production through exploring new opportunities. We look forward to this new opportunity that has a potential to contribute to maintaining oil production in Azerbaijan for many decades.”
Mr Birrell commented: “BP is proud to embark on this new era of exploration in the Caspian together with SOCAR. This opens a new stage in our partnership. This new partnership is based on BP’s extensive experience in responsibly exploring and developing in shallow-water areas around the world and our expertise in using the best technology available in the industry. So we thank the government and SOCAR for another opportunity to deploy our expertise and technology, this time in the shallow water.”
The PSA contract area stretches along the margins of the Caspian basin to the south of the Absheron Peninsula. The acreage features water depths of up to 40 m with potential reservoir depths of 3,000-5,000 m.