The Azeri Central East (ACE) project was the second largest and most significant for AZFEN J.V. With the technical capabilities of Tekla Structures software, such as custom components, templates, TeklaPad application, macros, and other tools, the company's design process became more efficient.
The Azeri Central East (ACE) customer is BP (British Petroleum) and its partners. The project was the next stage in the development of the large-scale Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) oil complex in the Caspian Sea.
The $6bn project includes a new offshore platform and equipment designed to process up to 100,000 barrels of oil per day. The first production from the project is expected in 2023, with total production reaching 300 million barrels over the life of the project.
The project is the customer's first major investment decision since the extension of the production sharing agreement (PSA) to 2049 was agreed upon in 2017. More than $36bn has been invested in the development of the ACE area since the original PSA in 1994.
The Azeri Central East (ACE) project focuses on a new 48-slot production, drilling, and distribution platform located between the existing Central Azeri and East Azeri platforms at a depth of about 140 meters. The project also includes in-field pipelines to transport oil and gas from the ACE platform to the existing ACE Phase II export pipelines for onward transportation to the Sangachal Onshore Terminal.
In addition, a water injection pipeline will be installed between the East Azeri and ACE platforms to supply injected water from the Central Azeri compressor and injection platform to the ACE facilities. The construction works will continue until mid-2022 and will be carried out using local resources.
AZFEN J.V. is handling the fabrication and installation works as well as the integration of the topsides of the platform which includes the construction of the light rig, offloading, hook-up and support services during the offshore commissioning phase. The topsides unit will be built at the Bibi-Heybat production site near Baku.