Energy Voice | Shah Deniz celebrates 100 billion cubic metres of total gas production

Twelve years on from start-up, BP has pumped 100 billion cubic metres of gas from Shah Deniz.

Stage one got up and running on December 15, 2006, with production delivered to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

2018 marked the commencement of commercial gas deliveries to Turkey from Shah Deniz 2 and the achievement of first gas production from Shah Deniz Bravo at the end of July.

Total condensate production from Shah Deniz since 2006 is over 196 million barrels.

Shah Deniz, located in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea, is the largest ever gas discovery made by BP.

The giant field covers approximately 860 square kilometres and was discovered in 1999.

The estimation of gas initially in place of the whole Shah Deniz field is over 1 trillion cubic metres and 2 billion barrels of condensate.

Shah Deniz 2 is the starting point of the new Southern Gas Corridor, which will deliver Caspian resources directly to European gas markets for the first time. At plateau, the project is expected to add 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year (bcma) to the existing production. Total production from the Shah Deniz field will be up to 26 bcma of gas and up to 120,000 barrels of condensate a day.

Shah Deniz 2 represents the first subsea field development in the Caspian Sea – the largest and most complex subsea infrastructure which BP operates in the world.

Elkhan Mamedov, vice-president, offshore operations, said: “BP is proud to have achieved this remarkable milestone. “Shah Deniz is a world-class and yet one of the most challenging reservoirs.

“Despite the complexities we have faced in developing this giant gas field, we have been able to demonstrate that we can drill the most challenging wells in one of the most complex basins, and build world-class infrastructure to directly connect the field with our markets.

“In particular, we are proud to have achieved all this in a safe, environmentally sound and efficient way.

“For all this, we are thankful to the Shah Deniz team and other staff  and contractors across all parts of this great development project.

“With Shah Deniz 2 now up and running, the field will continue to contribute to BP’s, and indeed, Azerbaijan’s and the world’s energy transition efforts as we work towards meeting our commitments to advance a low carbon future for all of us and our families.”

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