Shah Deniz gas field

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Shah Deniz
Shah Deniz gas field is located in Caspian_Sea
Shah Deniz gas field
Location of Shah Deniz
Country Azerbaijan,
Offshore/onshore Offshore
Coordinates 39°58′N 50°13′E / 39.967°N 50.217°E / 39.967; 50.217Coordinates: 39°58′N 50°13′E / 39.967°N 50.217°E / 39.967; 50.217
Operator BP
Field history
Discovery 1999
Start of production 2006
Abandonment NA
Production
Current production of gas 7×10^9 m3/a (250×10^9 cu ft/a)
Estimated oil in place 3,000 million barrels (~4.1×10^8 t)
Estimated gas in place 1,200×10^9 m3 (42×10^12 cu ft)[1]

Shah Deniz gas field is the largest natural gas field in Azerbaijan. It is situated in the South Caspian Sea, off the coast of Azerbaijan, approximately 70 kilometres (43 mi) southeast of Baku, at a depth of 600 metres (2,000 ft). The field covers approximately 860 square kilometres (330 sq mi). The Shah Deniz gas and condensate field was discovered in 1999. Stretching out over 140 square kilometres, the reservoir is similar in size and shape to Manhattan Island .

It is to bring gas into Europe without having to traverse countries like Russia or Iran, deemed to be politically unreliable[2] by some.

Shareholders[edit]

The Shah Deniz field is operated by BP which has a share of 28.8%. Other partners include TPAO (19%), SOCAR (16.7%), Statoil (15.5%), LUKoil (10%) and NIOC (10%). Eni sold its 5% share to LUKOIL in June 2004. Later divestitures included pre-FID in December 2013 sales of %10 shares by Statoil to BP and SOCAR who shared them at %3.3 and %6.7 respectively.[3] as well as sale by Total SA in May 2014 its %10 share to Turkish TPAO[4]

Statoil reported sales price as 1.45 billion USD.[3] Although the sales price of Total shares to TPAO wasn't disclosed, the analysts estimate it to be very close to Statoil's price.

Reserves[edit]

The Shah Deniz reserves are estimated at between 1.5 billion barrels (240,000,000 m3) to 3 billion barrels (480,000,000 m3) of oil equivalent from 50 to 100 billion cubic meters of gas. Gas production to date at the end of 2005 was estimated to be approximately 7 billion cubic meters (600 mmcf/day avg). The Shah Deniz field also contains gas condensate in excess of 400 million cubic meters.

Pipeline[edit]

The 692 kilometres (430 mi) South Caucasus Pipeline, which began operation at the end of 2006, transports gas from the Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea to Turkey, through Georgia.

The associated condensate is mixed with the oil from the ACG field and is transported to Turkey through Georgia, along the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline.

Recent developments[edit]

The Shah Deniz scheme started to produce gas at the end of December 2006, three months later than expected, but was forced to close briefly in January 2007. Azerbaijan then announced that the field had resumed output only to admit that it had been forced to shut down for a few weeks due to start up technical issues.The shutdown forced Georgia to buy emergency gas supplies from Russia at a market price. Georgia hoped that production from Shah Deniz will allow the country to decrease its energy — and political — dependence on Russia.[2]

By July 2007, the Shah Deniz gas plant at Sangachal Terminal was fully operational, with all buyers of Shah Deniz taking gas.

Shah Deniz Phase-2[edit]

Shah Deniz-2 discussions have started around in 2008 with main discussion topic being the selection of transportation routes for additional gas volumes. 5 year long intense negotiations finalized with signing of Final Investment Decision (FID) on 17 December 2013 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

9 companies agreed to sign GSA (Gas Sales Agreement) with the consortium:[5]

Out of total 10 bcm intented for Europe, 1 bcm will go to Bulgria and Greece and the rest will go to buyers in other countries, mainly Italy.

This project will include two additional bridge-linked offshore gas platforms, sub sea wells and expansion of the gas plant at Sangachal Terminal, at an estimated cost of at least $10 billion.[6]

Overall cost of Phase-2 expansion including upstream and midstream stages (TANAP and TAP pipelines) is estimated to be around $45 billion.

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