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Drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag has secured two contracts with BP Exploration.

KCA Deutag noted that the contracts have a combined value of $360m for the initial contract and it could be worth $1bn if all options are excercised.

BP awarded the first contract to KCA Deutag’s offshore division to provide operations and maintenance services for seven platforms operated by the company in the Caspian Sea.

The platforms include the East, West and Central Azeri, Deepwater Gunashli, West Chirag, Chirag and Shah Deniz.

The contract is for three years and has two three-year extension options.

"The contract is effective from 1 December 2015 to 30 September 2017, and has two extension options of one year each."

KCA Deutag’s engineering and design specialist RDS secured the second contract to provide engineering support services on all drilling packages for BP’s projects in the Caspian Sea.

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BP operates these projects from the Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Turkey Region.

The contract is effective from 1 December 2015 to 30 September 2017, and has two extension options of one year each.

KCA Deutag offshore and RDS divisions president Rune Lorentzen said: "These major contract awards build on KCA Deutag’s long standing relationship with BP, and recognise our efforts to deliver both continuous improvement and value to our client.

"We are committed to providing the highest quality of service and our engineering and design team will work closely with the operations and maintenance team to ensure that we achieve that."

Image: BP-operated Central Azeri platform in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. Photo: courtesy of BP.