Shah Deniz

BP Exploration (Shah Deniz) has selected global certification body DNV to provide marine warranty, operations and consultancy services for the Shah Deniz 2 project situated in the South Caspian Sea, off the coast of Azerbaijan.

As part of the project, DNV will see that project equipment transportation and installations are conducted under recognised guidelines, standards and internal requirements.

DNV project manager James Dingwall said: "The project requires a strong emphasis on the delivery of quality project management that is focused to support the operator in the safe delivery of this tight schedule project.

"We have developed comprehensive processes, systems and procedures that provide the foundation for us to deliver on project commitments, ultimately demonstrating capability, competence and continuity whilst developing client trust."

"The field will bring Caspian gas resources to markets in Europe for the first time."

The natural gas field Shah Deniz stage 2, or Full Field Development (FFD) is expected to add a further 16 billion cubic metres per year (bcma) of gas production to the approximately 9bcma produced by Shah Deniz stage 1.

The field will bring Caspian gas resources to markets in Europe for the first time and is set to help increase European energy security.

DNV Marine Warranty Services (MWS) team leader Charles Henderson said: "Our MWS are supported by the in-depth knowledge of our practitioners and the delivery of this project will draw upon the support of personnel within the group’s marine, engineering, dynamic positioning, metocean and geotechnical teams."

Discovered in 1999, the Shah Deniz gas and condensate field is situated 70km south-east of Baku, at a depth of 600m and covers around 860km².

BP operates the field and has a share of 28.8% in it, while the other partners comprise TPAO (19%), SOCAR (16.7%), Petronas (15.5%), LUKoil (10%) and NIOC (10%).

Image: Shah Deniz stage 2 will add a further 16 billion cubic metres annually of gas production. Photo: © DNV GL AS.