One Dead After Saipem Vessel Blast
One of the 14 people injured after an explosion on a pipe-laying vessel in the Caspian Sea operated by Italian oil service group Saipem has died, a Saipem spokeswoman said on Monday.The explosion took place on May 8."Saipem deeply regrets to advise that one person who has been in most critical conditions has passed away," an Azerbaijan-based spokeswoman said.(Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; Editing by Mark Potter)
Oil Shipments from Georgia's Batumi Port Drop
Oil and oil-related shipments from Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi dropped 24 percent in the first four months of 2019 from a year earlier, an official at a KazMunaiGas-operated terminal at the port said on Wednesday.Shipments of crude oil and refined oil products from Batumi have fallen in recent years, partly because Azerbaijan prefers to send its oil through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline or via its own terminal at the Georgian port of Kulevi, rather than from Batumi, which is operated by a Kazakh company.There were no shipments of crude oil…
As Traders Tussle Turkmenistan Cuts Exports
A clash between trading house Vitol and Azerbaijan's SOCAR over Caspian Sea oil shipments is forcing Turkmenistan to slash exports of crude due to a lack of tankers.Turkmenistan typically exports about 200,000 tonnes of oil per month via the Caspian to world markets, mainly from fields operated by the UAE's ENOC and Italy's Eni, but flows have halved in recent weeks, six traders involved in operations said.That happened after Turkmen producers decided to export oil via Russia with the help of Swiss trader Vitol and ditch the previous Azeri route…
EIA: Azerbaijan Surges in Natural Gas
Azerbaijan is an important supplier of crude oil and natural gas in the Caspian Sea region, particularly to European markets, the US Energy Information Administration said in its report.The EIA’s report notes that Azerbaijan’s exports of natural gas are poised to become a more significant part of the country’s economy.Azerbaijan produced about 600 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of dry natural gas in 2017 and exported about 210 Bcf, according to EIA’s International Energy Statistics.“Azerbaijan is planning to expand its natural gas exports to Europe.
SOCAR Installs New Platform at Bulla-Deniz
A new stationary drilling platform was commissioned on Monday at the Bulla-Deniz offshore field in Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea.The platform was built by SOCAR Oil and Gas Construction Trust and projected by the in-house Oil & Gas Research and Design Institute. It was designed for drilling of one exploratory and four production wells. The platform was constructed in 30-meter sea depth and its deck is 12 meters above the sea.The average depth of wells will be 6,300 meters. After commissioning…
Caspian is Key for Lukoil
Alexander Oboronkov leapt at the chance to work on the Filanovsky platform after it was launched in 2016, keen to see Russia's largest Caspian Sea oilfield in action.The Filanovsky oilfield, along with the nearby Korchagin and Rakushechnoye fields, are key to the growth plans at Lukoil, Russia's second biggest oil producer, where Oboronkov works as deputy head of the Filanovsky platform.The company, controlled by executives Vagit Alekperov and Leonid Fedun, took its name from three oil towns in Lukoil's tradition exploration region of western Siberian: Langepas…
STAR Oil Refinery to Reduce Turkey Dependence on Imports, says Erdogan
A new $6.3 billion refinery set up by the Azeri state oil company in Turkey will reduce Ankara's dependence on imports for processed oil products, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.The new plant could also help to ease some of the pain from Turkey's currency crisis, given that the lira's 35 percent slump this year has driven up costs for the country's energy companies and forced them to increase electricity and natural gas prices for both households and industrial customers.Speaking at the opening ceremony of the SOCAR Turkey Aegean Refinery (STAR) in the Aegean coastal province of Izmir…
Lukoil Groundbreaking Ceremony at Rakushechnoye Field
Russia's Lukoil informed its President Vagit Alekperov, jointly with Head of the Astrakhan Region Sergey Morozov, took part in the official groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of infrastructure facilities of Rakushechnoye field.This is the Company's third large project in the Caspian Sea alongside with two other fields, Yury Korchagin and Vladimir Filanovsky.Commercial oil production, with an estimated plateau level of 1.2 million tonnes, is expected to commence in 2023.Proximity…
Oil Shipments From Georgia's Batumi Drop 45%
Oil and oil-related shipments from Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi fell by 45.3 percent in the first eight months of 2018 from a year earlier, an official at the KazMunaiGas operated terminal said on Monday.Some crude oil has been re-routed to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline and to the Caspian Pipeline Consortium this year, the official added, while some fuel oil has been sent to the port of Taman in Russia and Georgia's other Black Sea port of Kulevi.The fall is partly because Azerbaijan prefers to send its oil through the pipeline or by rail in Georgia via its own terminal in Kulevi, rather than in Batumi, which
Briggs Marine Secures BP Contract in Caspian Sea
Briggs Marine, a UK marine contractor, has boosted its global growth plans following a three-year contract award from BP Exploration, worth over $4 million. The project, based in Azerbaijan, will see Briggs Marine delivering fire and rescue services at Sangachal Terminal - one of the world’s largest oil and gas terminals - in addition to the oil spill response services throughout the Caspian, which they have been providing since 1996. This project will be delivered by 108 Briggs-trained local staff, working across three locations within Azerbaijan.
Lukoil Aims to Invest $270 mln in Exploration at Kazakhstan's Zhenis Block
Russia's second largest oil company Lukoil plans to invest $270 million in exploration at the Zhenis licence area in the Kazakh part of the Caspian Sea, Lukoil's president Vagit Alekperov said in Astana on Tuesday.Lukoil and Kazakh state oil company KMG signed an agreement in principle on Tuesday for possible work on the Zhenis licence area which lies at a depth of 75 to 100 metres and is located 180 kilometres from Kazakhstan's Aktau port.The two companies will establish a consortium after completing procedures needed for the agreement to enter force, Lukoil said.
SOCAR Inks Deals for Caspian Fields with Equinor
Azeri state oil company SOCAR and Norway's Equinor on Wednesday signed a risk service contract for the development of the Karabakh offshore oil and natural gas field in the Caspian Sea.The two companies also signed a product-sharing agreement for Ashrafi, Dan-Ulduzu and Aypara exploration area."The agreements signed today represent a natural next step in the region. This will strengthen our position in a prolific basin and develop growth options," Equinor Chief Executive Eldar Saetre said in a statement.To operate the licences, Equinor and SOCAR will form a 50-50 joint operating company.
Keppel on Track to Deliver Rig for Caspian Drilling
Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) through its subsidiary in Azerbaijan, Caspian Shipyard Company (CSC), is on track to deliver a semisubmersible drilling rig to Caspian Drilling Company Ltd, a subsidiary of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). The rig was named Heydar Aliyev at a ceremony in Azerbaijan today by the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. Built to Keppel FELS' proprietary DSSTM 38M design, the rig has been customized for the Caspian Sea's harsh environment condition. It is the first modern semisubmersible to be almost completely built in Azerbaijan.
Topaz Financial Results Ending June 2017
Topaz Energy and Marine has announced its results for the six months ended June 30, 2017. Overall core fleet utilization at 62%, while we continue to demonstrate resilience in Azerbaijan with utilization at 95%. Robust EBITDA margin of 50%, despite utilization and rate pressure in Africa and MENA. Resolute focus on cost control across the organization has resulted in savings of US$14m for H1 2017 compared to the same period last year. Fully compliant with financial covenants: reset successfully during the period enabling Topaz to borrow to fund its growth strategy.
IKM Cleandrill to Start Operations in Azerbaijan
IKM Cleandrill is slated to begin its first offshore operations in the Caspian Sea in early 2018, after having been awarded a contract for riserless mud circulating system services by Total E&P ABSHERON BV on behalf of Joined Operating Company for Absheron Project (JOCAP), a 50/50 joint venture between SOCAR and Total. IKM said the contract will include the installation of its MRR500 mud recovery system onto a new semisubmersible drill rig, and provision of subsea drilling fluid pumping services as part of Absheron Project’s drilling campaign in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Oil Shipments from Georgia's Batumi Port Down by 34%
Oil and related shipments from Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi are down by 33.9 percent in the first eight months of 2017, a senior official at the terminal, operated by Kazakh state firm KazMunaiGas, said on Friday. The official gave no reason for the fall, but KazMunaiGas has rerouted some shipments to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline this year. Shipments of crude oil and refined oil products from Batumi totalled 1.472 million tonnes, down from 2.227 million tonnes in the same period last year, the official said.
BP, SOCAR to Ink Caspian Sea Exploration Deal
Azeri state energy company SOCAR plans to sign a production-sharing agreement with BP to jointly explore prospects in a new block, D-230, in the North Absheron basin of the Caspian Sea before the end of 2017, a source at SOCAR said on Thursday. BP and SOCAR signed a memorandum of understanding on joint exploration of this block in May 2016 in a move that reflected efforts by SOCAR and foreign companies to make new discoveries in the oil-rich country. "Participants of the deal will each have 50 percent of shares in the agreement," the source, who did not want to be named, told Reuters.
Total Postpones Investment Decision on Absheron Gas Field
French oil company Total has postponed an investment decision on development of the Absheron gas and condensate field in the Azeri sector of the Caspian Sea until spring 2018 from December, the company official said on Wednesday. Total and Azeri state energy company SOCAR formed a joint venture in 2009 to explore and develop the Absheron field area, which has estimated reserves of 350 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas and 45 million tonnes of condensate. "We should sign some contracts, set the date to start drilling and that's why an investment decision on Absheron will be made in the spring 2018…
Jan-March Oil Shipments from Georgia's Batumi Down 54 pct
Oil and oil-related shipments from Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi fell 53.7 percent between January and March from a year earlier, an official at the KazMunaiGas-operated terminal said on Wednesday. The official said some volumes of crude oil had been rerouted to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline and to the Caspian Pipeline Consortium this year, while some fuel oil had been sent to the port of Taman in Russia and Georgia's other Black Sea port of Kulevi. About ten Batumi terminal employees of…
Trump's Revenge: US Oil Floods Europe, Hurting OPEC, Russia
U.S. supplies to Europe set for all-time high in April; on course to overtake Russia, Saudi. As OPEC's efforts to balance the oil market bear fruit, U.S. producers are reaping the benefits - and flooding Europe with a record amount of crude. Russia paired with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries last year in cutting oil output jointly by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd), a deal they say has largely rebalanced the market and one that has helped elevate benchmark Brent prices close to four-year highs. Now, the relatively high prices brought about by that pact, coupled with surging U.S.