BP starts-up Shah Deniz 2 development

BP and its consortium partners have started-up the Shah Deniz 2 in Azerbaijan, a US$28 billion subsea development in the Caspian Sea, delivering first commercial gas to Turkey.

The project – which is the starting point for a 3,500 km network of pipelines in the Southern Gas Corridor – will deliver natural gas from the Caspian Sea directly to European markets.

Shah Deniz 2 include 26 subsea wells, 500 km of subsea pipelines and flowlines, and two new bridge linked platforms for the offshore portion, and an 85 km pipeline will transport gas onshore to the Sangachal terminal near Baku.

The project also includes the new South Caucasus pipeline expansion of 428 km of new pipeline in Azerbaijan and 59 km in Georgia carrying Shah Deniz gas to Turkey.

At plateau, Shah Deniz 2 is expected to produce 16 billion m3 of gas/a; with output from the first phase of development, total production from the Shah Deniz field will be up to 26 billion m3 gas/a and up to 120,000 bbl/d of condensate.

“Shah Deniz 2 is one of the biggest and most complex new energy projects anywhere in the world, comprising major offshore, onshore and pipeline developments,” said BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley.

The Shah Deniz 2 pipeline.

“BP and our partners have safely and successfully delivered this multi-dimensional project as designed, on time and on budget.

“Together with the Southern Gas Corridor pipeline system, Shah Deniz 2 will deliver significant new energy supplies to Europe, further diversifying its sources of energy and providing new supplies of natural gas which will be essential in the energy transition.

“This milestone achievement is a credit to the Shah Deniz partners and to our close co-operation with the governments of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, building on the relationships BP has built in the region over more than 25 years.”

For more information visit the BP website.

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