BAKU, Azerbaijan --BP has started oil production from its Deep Water Gunashli (DWG) platform complex in the Azeri sector of the Caspian Sea. This constitutes the third completed phase of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli field development.
DWG comprises a 48-slot drilling, utilities and production platform bridge-linked to a process, water injection, utilities and gas compression platform. They are situated in 175 m (574 ft) water depth on the east side of the Gunashli field.
Output will ramp up this year as other pre-drilled wells come on stream, prior to the start of platform drilling. At peak, DWG will produce around 320,000 b/d, lifting total ACG oil production to over 1 MMb/d.
DWG's output is exported to the shore via two 30-in. (76-cm) oil pipeline tie-ins and a 28-in. (71-cm) gas pipeline tie-in into pre-installed pipeline junctions on Azeri's subsea export systems.
On arrival at the Sangachal terminal, the oil will be processed in two new stabilization process trains. Associated gas not required for power generation on the platform will head through an existing subsea pipeline to Sangachal and onward to the Azerigas system for domestic use.