Baku, August 17, AZERTAC
“During the first half of 2017, implementation of the Shah Deniz Stage 2 project continued successfully. The project is now over 95% complete in terms of engineering, procurement and construction, and remains on target for first gas from Shah Deniz Stage 2 in 2018,” according to BP-Azerbaijan.
“Project activities continue at all offshore and onshore sites and fabrication yards of the country including the Sangachal Terminal, ATA (AMEC/Tekfen/Azfen) yard near Baku, Baku Deepwater Jackets Factory (BDJF) and along the pipeline route.”
“In June, a significant milestone was achieved in the project with the sail away and installation of the Quarters and Utilities (QU) platform topsides unit – the first topsides unit built for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 platforms. The official sail away ceremony was attended by H.E. President Ilham Aliyev of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Offshore, the topsides unit was successfully floated over and installed on top of the QU jacket which was already at its location in a water depth of 94 metres. The commissioning of the Production and Risers (PR) topsides unit at the ATA yard is 90% complete. The plan is to sail away this second topsides unit for offshore installation in the third quarter of 2017,” the company said.
“The construction and commissioning of the subsea construction vessel (SCV) “Khankendi” are progressing well at the Baku Shipyard. The vessel is currently undergoing sea trials in the Caspian Sea which is a significant milestone on SD2 project delivery.”
The expansion of the Sangachal terminal – already one of the world's largest oil and gas terminals – is progressing well with the plans to be able to process the additional SD2 gas volumes.
At the peak of project activities, over 24,000 people were involved in construction works across all main contracts in Azerbaijan and over 80% of them were Azerbaijani nationals,” the company added.
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