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BP begins oil production offshore Azerbaijan

BP, operator of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) project, announced the start-up of oil production from the new Azeri Central East (ACE) platform as part of the ACG field development in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.

The ACE platform is the seventh oil-producing platform installed on the giant ACG field in the Caspian Sea. ACG first began production in 1997 and has since produced over 4.3 billion barrels of oil. The BP-operated Shah Deniz gas field has two further platforms in the Caspian.

The ACE platform and related facilities are designed to process up to 100,000 bbl/day and the project is expected to produce up to 300 million barrels over its lifetime. Oil will pass through the processing facilities on the platform and then be exported around 130 km to the onshore Sangachal terminal via a new in-field pipeline linked to an existing 30-in. subsea export line.

Initial production from ACE comes from the first well that was initiated from the platform at the end of 2023. ACE production is expected to increase through 2024 to around 24,000 bbl/day as two more planned wells are drilled, completed and brought online.

“I’m incredibly proud of the team at BP for safely delivering the first bp-operated offshore platform fully controlled from onshore. This establishes a new benchmark for innovative engineering and competitive project delivery for our company and the wider industry,” said Ewan Drummond, Senior VP, Projects, BP.

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