The second jacket for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 platforms has set sail to the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan, the BP-led Shah Deniz consortium announced.
The quarters and utilities (QU) platform jacket sailed away to the Shah Deniz contract area in the Caspian Sea from the Heydar Aliyev Baku Deepwater Jackets factory (BDJF) ahead of schedule on 15 March.
The transportation, launch, positioning, pile installation and final completion activities of the jacket structure are expected to take around 75 days, depending on the prevailing weather conditions.
The construction of the jacket was completed ahead of schedule on 20 February 2017 and was then successfully loaded onto the transportation barge STB-1 at the quayside of BDJF.
The QU platform jacket, built by the BOS Shelf, Star Gulf and Saipem consortium, was fully constructed in the country at the BDJF, using local construction infrastructure and facilities.
2000 people including sub-contractors and specialist vendors were involved in the construction works. Some 90% of the construction workforce was Azerbaijani citizens.
Ewan Drummond, Vice-President, Shah Deniz 2 Projects, 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,” Ewan Drummond, vice-president of the Shah Deniz 2 Projects said.
The QU platform jacket weighs approximately 12,084 tonnes and stands 105m high. It contains 31 J Tubes, seven utility caissons and three J tube caissons. The jacket will be installed in a water depth of 95m.
The Shah Deniz consortium consists of: BP (operator – 28.8%), TPAO (19%), Petronas (15.5%), AzSD (10.0 %), Lukoil (10%), NICO (10%) and SGC Upstream (6.7%).
Image: QU jacket sailaway / BP