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TOTAL Reveals Plans for Absheron Gas Field in Azerbaijan

The French Total company has completed the preliminary Front End Engineering Design (FEED) of Absheron gas condensate field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, Eric Meyer, planning development manager at TOTAL Exploration & Production Azerbaijan B.V. said.

He made the remarks September 28 at the 3rd Azerbaijan and Caspian Sea Oil & Gas Week 2015 conference in Baku.

The FEED process started in the summer of 2014 and was completed in July 2015, he said.

Before that, TOTAL held a conceptual study and evaluation of the project, which allowed the company to move to the FEED stage, Meyer said, adding that geophysical, bathymetric and geotechnical data was collected.

Also, TOTAL received permission from the Azerbaijani government regarding the placement of the platform in the shallow waters of the Caspian Sea, outside the PSA area, according to Meyer.

Meyer said the gas will be collected and processed in the terminal, and from the terminal, it will flow into the local area network for the domestic consumption and in the South Caucasus Pipeline for export.

The discovery of Absheron field was announced in September 2011. A decision was made to drill an offshoot of the first exploration well to specify the data.

According to SOCAR geologists, the reserves of Absheron could amount to 350 billion cubic meters of gas and 45 million metric tons of condensate.

Absheron project participants include SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) - 40 percent, the French companies Total – 40 percent and Gaz De France Suez - 20 percent.

Source: Trend

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