At the end of the second quarter of 2022, the Azeri Central East (ACE) project reached the 75 percent progress milestone, Trend reports citing bp.
The project construction activities continue at peak and involve about 5,000 people across Baku, Europe and the UK, with the majority of them being Azerbaijani nationals.
All engineering, procurement and fabrication works remain on track to support first production from the ACE project in 2023.
The ACE topsides and drilling facilities fabrication activities continued at the fabrication yard in Bibi-Heybat. The drilling facilities lifting onto the topsides unit was safely and efficiently completed. The 2,350 tonnes modular drilling support module (MDSM) and 2,400 tonnes drilling equipment set (DES) were first transported by self-propelled modular trailers to the jacking position, then were jacked up by incrementally installing steel cassettes to reach the final height of around 27 metres and then they were skidded onto the topsides deck. This was a carefully planned complex “Jack and Skid” operation and a first for bp in the Caspian. Integration of the drilling facilities on the topsides deck is currently ongoing.
Another completed ACE activity is the topsides north and south cranes, which were safely installed along with the gas injection compressor exhaust.
The topsides pipe erection and hydrotesting progressed as planned. The topsides and drilling mechanical completion handovers continued, commissioning works on the main power generation, chemical injection and sewage treatment packages commenced. The living quarters mechanical completion and handover progressed.
At the Heydar Aliyev Baku Deepwater Jackets factory (BDJF), the jacket fabrication is completed with preparation activities for load-out still ongoing.
The ACE subsea diving campaign continued with the support of the subsea construction vessel Khankendi. ACE gas subsea pipeline tie-ins to the existing infield pipeline were completed during the East Azeri turnaround (TAR) programme in June.
All ACE related works on the Central Azeri and East Azeri platforms to support the gas pipeline tie-ins were also completed with overall all ACE scope successfully executed during the East Azeri TAR.
The modification construction works for the ACE operations control from the shore are in progress at the Sangachal terminal.