March 2014, Vol. 241 No. 3

Projects

Production Begins At West Chirag In Caspian Sea

The Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC), operated by BP, announced start-up of oil production from the West Chirag platform as part of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) field development in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. Start-up of the West Chirag platform completes the Chirag Oil Project (COP) sanctioned in 2010. West Chirag production began from one of the pre-drilled wells Jan. 28, 2014. The oil will first pass through the newly installed processing facilities on the platform and then will be exported to the Sangachal Terminal via a new in-field pipeline linked to an existing 300-inch subsea export pipeline. Production will increase through 2014 as the

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