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First Shafag- Asiman exploration well spudded offshore Azerbaijan



First Shafag- Asiman exploration well spudded offshore Azerbaijan

SOCAR and BP have announced that the first exploration well, The SAX01, was spudded on the Shafag- Asiman offshore block in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea on the 13th January. Both BP and SOCAR hold an equal 50% share of the project. 

SAX01 is the first well to be drilled in the contract area and it is estimated to reach total depth of up to 7,000 metres, which is expected to take around nine months.

The block sits around 125 kilometres to the South-East of Baku and covers an area of approximately 1,100 square kilometres. Water depths at the site are between 650 meters and 800 meters.

Rovnag Abdullayev, president of SOCAR, said:

The exploration drilling will allow to fully uncover the block’s potential. We are proud that today Azerbaijani companies – SOCAR’s business units provide all key services, including the construction of platforms and jackets as well as drilling, for such complex projects, as Shah Deniz, Azeri-Chirag- Gunashli and Shafag-Asiman. We consider this as one of the most important achievements of Azerbaijani oil workers during the era of national independence.” 

Gary Jones, BP’s Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, said:

“We are excited and proud to be embarking on this first exploration well on Shafag-Asiman – a structure which has significant potential for a large-scale gas discovery. A great deal of preparation has been made to assure a safe and robust drilling programme.” 
The well is being drilled from the Heydar Aliyev semi-submersible rig operated by the Caspian Drilling Company (CDC). The rig, which has full managed-pressure drilling capability, was contracted for the SAX01 well in November 2019 and then moved to the well location in preparation for the commencement of drilling operations.  


(Image via Offshore energy today) 


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