In the statement made by SOCAR, it was stated that the first natural gas reserve was found in the exploration well in the “Şafak-Asiman” block.
The exploration works in the Şafak-Asiman block are carried out within the scope of the joint project of SOCAR and BP. According to the exploration program of the Production Sharing Agreement, SOCAR’s subsidiary Caspian Drilling Company drilled 623 meters deep by BP using a drilling rig called Haydar Aliyev.
Congratulatory message from Aliyev
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev published a message on the subject. Aliyev’s message is as follows:
“The cooperation between BP and SOCAR covers a period of about 30 years. During this period, many projects of global importance were implemented. The products of this cooperation include the Azeri-Chirag-Gunesli block, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, Shah Deniz, Guney Gaz. Its corridor includes the development of South Caucasus, TANAP and TAP pipelines. Currently, SOCAR-BP cooperation has a strategic nature. BP is the largest foreign investor in Azerbaijan’s oil and gas industry.
Today we are working with our partner BP on several new projects. One of them is the exploration well in the Şafak-Asiman block, where the drilling of the first well was completed with a positive result. The emergence of gas concentration for the first time in a new field in the deep sea in the Azerbaijan part of the Caspian Sea will make a valuable contribution to the increase of our proven hydrocarbon reserves and therefore to the energy security of our country and many countries. Our country’s natural gas reservoirs can also be an additional resource for the Southern Gas Corridor and its final link, the TAP pipeline.
I congratulate the Azerbaijani people, Azerbaijani oil workers, BP and SOCAR for this success.
125 kilometers southeast of Baku
Dawn-Asiman field is located 125 kilometers southeast of Baku. The block covers an area of 1100 square meters. Here the depth of the Caspian Sea is 650 to 800 meters.
The Şafak-Asiman field was discovered during seismic research in 1961. On 7 October 2010, SOCAR and BP signed an agreement on “exploration, development and production sharing in the Şafak-Asiman offshore block in the Azerbaijani part of the Caspian Sea”. The duration of the agreement was specified as 30 years, while the share of both parties was determined as 50 percent.
Under the agreement, BP carried out 3D seismic measurements on the Şafak-Asiman block in 2012. The two parties determined the location of the first exploration well in the region based on the processing and interpretation of the obtained data. Drilling of the well started on January 11, 2020.
Source: News Global