A BP-led consortium in charge of Shah Deniz field development has announced that the second jacket for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 platforms has sailed, ahead of schedule.
The Quarters and Utilities (QU) platform jacket sailed towards the Shah Deniz contract area located in the Caspian Sea from the Heydar Aliyev Baku Deepwater Jackets Factory (BDJF).
BP expects the transportation, positioning and installation of the jacket structure, which was loaded onto the transportation barge STB-1 at the quayside of BDJF, will take around 75 days, subject to prevailing weather conditions.
Shah Deniz 2 Projects vice-president Ewan Drummond said: “The second jacket sail away is the first major milestone planned for this year and we are pleased to have achieved it ahead of schedule.
“2017 is an important year for BP and for the Shah Deniz 2 project, which is already around 90% complete.
“We have planned a series of key completion milestones for this year. We are committed to achieving all of these milestones on schedule to make BP’s 25th-anniversary celebrations in Azerbaijan a big success.”
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Completed on 20 February, the QU platform jacket was developed by the consortium of BOS Shelf, Star Gulf and Saipem in Azerbaijan using local construction infrastructure and facilities.
About 90% of the workers involved in the construction of platform jacket were Azerbaijani citizens.
Weighing nearly 12,084t, the 105m-high jacket comprises 31 J Tubes, seven utility caissons and three J tube caissons, and will be installed in 95m-deep water.
Image: Shah Deniz 2 jacket sets sail. Photo: courtesy of BP.