Shah Deniz Stage 2, or Full Field Development (FFD) is a giant project, and the first subsea development in the Caspian Sea that adds a further 16 billion cubic meters per year (bcma) of gas production to the approximately 9 bcma produced by Shah Deniz Stage 1. The project also includes expansion of the South Caucasus Pipeline in Azerbaijan and Georgia, and two new compressor stations and a metering station in Georgia.
In March 2016, Kentech’s Specialist Technical Services (STS) team was awarded a major multi-disciplinary commissioning technical services contract by BP. STS provided a fully managed service for the provision of qualified commissioning technicians in Azerbaijan (Shah Deniz 2 and SCPX) and Georgia (SCPX only) under a three year contract.
Our work began at the ATA Construction Yard where the Productions Riser and Quarters & Utilities Decks were fabricated and partially commissioned prior to installation offshore. Our team then sailed with the decks to the offshore gas condensate field to complete the commissioning.
A commissioning and completions team was also deployed to Sangachal Terminal which was the location for all the Shah Deniz Onshore hydrocarbon and water processing facilities associated with BP operated developments in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea.
The SCPX Pipeline Construction required commissioning of above ground infrastructure across Azerbaijan and Georgia, including block valve and pigging stations.
The Shah Deniz 2 development brought a requirement to increase the capacity of the existing 42” diameter SCP system. SCPX increases the capacity of the existing SCP system by 16 bcma. The pipeline element of SCPX project consists of 487km of 48” pipeline, with 424km in Azerbaijan and 63km in Georgia with installation of associated block valves, pigging facilities and tie-ins.
The SCPX Facilities Construction required commissioning of two new Compressor Stations and the expanded Pressure Reducing and Metering Station, in Georgia. We also provided a completions team in order to assist the construction team handover the systems ahead of schedule.
Mobilising and training skilled personnel was central to this project. From the outset it was a truly Global Kentech team effort, from the initial rapid mobilisation supported from Dubai. The ongoing vigilance and support of the local team focusing on onboarding a team of people from many different countries when they landed in country was second to none. However, local content was also an important feature of this project for both ourselves and BP. We were proud to provide jobs and training for Azeri nationals.
During the course of the project, BP came to rely on Kentech as a trusted partner to problem solve for them and step up, going beyond our scope, when things were needed. This included supplying emergency lighting, snow fencing, test valves, oil for flush testing and many other things along the way to help the project maintain momentum and hit their milestones.
Once again, safety was central to project delivery with a number of Kentech team members being personally commended by the client for their Safety Leadership Principles under their Safety Recognition System.