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Azerbaijan Overview

Azerbaijan

in figures

Oil reserves7 billion barrels

Oil production795,000 bopd

Gas reserves2.1 tcm

Gas production18.8 bcm

Azerbaijan: The Historical Energy Powerhouse

Azerbaijan is one of the world’s oldest oil-producing countries and is a crucial oil and gas supplier in the Caspian Sea region. Its largest hydrocarbons basins are located offshore in the Caspian Sea. State-run SOCAR is responsible for negotiating and signing the PSCs that govern the country’s oil and gasfield development. BP is the largest foreign investor in Azerbaijan and has been operating there since 1992. In December 2016, it signed a letter of intent with SOCAR that will see the company commit to the further development of the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) oilfield until 2050, 26 years beyond the duration of the existing 30-year PSA signed in 1994.

Although Azerbaijan has historically been an oil producer, its significance is growing as a gas producer and exporter. The Shah Deniz field is one of the world’s largest gas and condensate fields and accounts for the majority of Azerbaijan’s natural gas reserves. Operated by BP, Shah Deniz is located 70 kilometres southeast of Baku in water depths of up to 1,600 metres and has approximately 1 tcm (35.3 tcf) of gas in place. The first gas started to flow in 2006. In June 2018, the Shah Deniz Stage 2 project commenced production. Stage 2 is expected to reach a plateau output of 16 bcm (530 bcf) per year along with 120,000 boepd of condensate.

Azerbaijan held proven gas reserves of 2.1 tcm (74.2 tcf) as of end-2018 and produced 18.8 bcm (664 bcf) that year. Exports and oil and gas production are key to Azerbaijan’s economy. According to IMF data, oil and gas constitute more than 90% of the country’s exports.

While Shah Deniz is the current star, Total’s Absheron field also has a promising future. In November 2016, Total and SOCAR announced they had signed an agreement for the project’s first development phase.

Work is also underway on the Southern Gas Corridor, which consists of the South Caucasus, Trans-Anatolian and Trans Adriatic pipelines, and will be ready to transport Shah Deniz gas via Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Albania and on to Italy and the rest of Europe by 2020.

All of the latest developments are covered in the new edition of The Oil & Gas Year Azerbaijan series, currently under production.

BP greenlights $6-bln Azerbaijan investment
NEWS
Azerbaijan - April 19, 2019

A BP-led development in Azerbaijan’s Caspian Sea waters will see a USD 6-billion investment, SOCAR announced on Friday.

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BP awards $700-mln Azerbaijan deal to Turan
NEWS
Azerbaijan - April 17, 2019

BP has awarded a contract for platform maintenance and operations at seven of its Caspian Sea assets to Turan Drilling &…

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Andrea CATTANEO, CEO and President of ZENITH ENERGY
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Andrea Cattaneo, CEO and president of Zenith Energy, talks to TOGY about Azerbaijan’s onshore upstream sector and the…

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Imanverdi HASANOV, General Manager of BAKU SHIPYARD
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Imanverdi Hasanov, general manager of Baku Shipyard, talks to TOGY about the shipyard’s ongoing and targeted projects, its…

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Oil- and Gasfields and PSA Areas Azerbaijan Map

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Chevron joins ExxonMobil in Azeri field exit plans
NEWS
Azerbaijan - December 05, 2018

Chevron is exiting Azerbaijan’s largest oilfield, international media reported on Tuesday, hours after ExxonMobil was reported…

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ExxonMobil mulls major Azerbaijan sale: report
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Azerbaijan - December 04, 2018

ExxonMobil is considering selling its interest in Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli field in the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan,…

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Denis LEMARCHAL, Managing Director of TOTAL E&P ABSHERON
Interview
Azerbaijan - November 29, 2018

Denis Lemarchal, Total country chair in Azerbaijan and managing director of Total E&P Absheron, talks to TOGY about the development of the offshore Absheron gasfield,…

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BP puts Shah Deniz Stage 2 on stream
NEWS
Azerbaijan - July 02, 2018

BP has commenced production at the USD 28-billion Shah Deniz Stage 2 project offshore Azerbaijan, the super-major announced on Monday.

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Equinor in Azerbaijan deals
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Azerbaijan - May 30, 2018

Equinor has struck agreements with Azerbaijan’s SOCAR for the possible development of two Caspian Sea fields, the Norwegian major, formerly known as Statoil,…

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