Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli Oilfield

Engineering and project management company AMEC and its partners in the AMEC-Tekfen-Azfen (ATA) consortium delivered topsides to the Azerbaijan International Oil Company (AIOC) for its Chirag oil project.

The Chirag oil project, West Chirag (COP-WC) topsides facility in Baku is said to have a load-out weight of 20,000t.

COP-WC platform is being installed as part of the fourth phase of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) development, which is operated by BP on behalf of AIOC in the Azerbaijan side of the Caspian Sea.

The facility is a single integrated deck comprising a production platform, drilling module, utilities and living quarters.

The new facility will be connected to the existing ACG infrastructure through new subsea pipelines and will be used to improve oil production and recovery by drilling more wells.

"Chirag oil project, West Chirag (COP-WC) topsides facility in Baku is said to have a load-out weight of 20,000t."

AMEC in-country manager, Peter Ward, said construction on the project commenced in July 2010 after six months modernisation and expansion of the ATA yard.

"This followed the successful completion of both the Process, Compression, Water Injection and Utilities (PCWU) and the Compression and Water Injection topsides for the Central Azeri field," Ward added.

As part of the yard upgrade, an onsite welder training school was opened, which was used to assess, coach and test more than 1,000 welders.

A separate training facility was also established to train and develop the electrical trades to make sure the installation quality was of the highest standard.


Image: The Chirag oil project – West Chirag (COP-WC) topsides facility has a load-out weight of 20,000t.

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