BP, the operator of the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field development, has awarded several key contracts for the Azeri-Central-East (ACE) project.
The contracts cover engineering, fabrication and construction, project management and other services following the project final investment decision announced in April.
According to BP, the contract awards underpin the schedule for project delivery and complement the progress being made across the multiple areas and fabrication yards involved in this major development project.
The contract for the fabrication of the jacket for the ACE platform and skirt piles has been awarded to the consortium consisting of BOS Shelf and Star Gulf FZCO. The value of this contract is around $260m.
BP also awarded a contract for the fabrication and integration of the topsides unit for the ACE platform to Azfen. The value of the contract is more than $486m.
The topsides drilling facility engineering, procurement and construction supervision contract, worth over $151m, has been awarded to National Oilwell Varco (NOV).
A $34m contract for engineering, procurement and construction of the living quarters for the platform has been awarded to Emtunga Solutions (Sweden).
The contract for execute engineering has been awarded to the SOCAR-KBR joint venture. The value of this contract is more than $76m.
Lastly, the contract for the freight management services was awarded to Transglobal Projects as part of a regional master agreement.
“These contract awards once again highlight the ACG partnership’s commitment to optimising the use of Azerbaijan’s local resources. Construction activities, which have commenced this year and will run through mid-2022, are taking place in-country utilizing local resources and it is expected that, at peak, construction works will create up to 8,000 jobs,” said Ewan Drummond, BP’s vice president for projects.
The Azeri–Chirag–Gunashli field is located around 120km off Azerbaijan in the Caspian Sea.