Emerson Process Management has secured a multi-million-dollar contract from the Azerbaijan International Operating Company to operate a new offshore platform in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.

The Chirag Oil project will allow additional oil to be recovered from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli field.

Emerson Process Management president Steve Sonnenberg said his company welcomes the opportunity to work with BP Azerbaijan on the project. "We look forward to applying our automation technology, our experience managing offshore projects, and our local support capabilities to help make the Chirag Oil project a success."

Emerson is the main automation contractor for the project and will deliver a variety of technologies and services. The company’s PlantWeb digital plant architecture will provide process control and access to management information, including foundation fieldbus communications, digital automation, asset management software and intelligent field devices

Emerson’s network of intelligent transmitters and valve positioners will deliver continuous process and equipment health information. The company will also be responsible for providing project-management services to ensure that equipment is properly installed and integrated to meet technical, budget, as well as schedule requirements.

Support for the project will be provided by Emerson Process Management’s Azerbaijan office in Baku. It is set to be complete in 2013 and will be operated by BP Azerbaijan.

Development of the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli field is managed by the Azerbaijan International Operating Company, a BP-operated consortium of nine oil companies.