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    Initial gas production from 'Absheron' field planned by late 2019

    Exploration drilling in field will continue from the year end

    Baku. 19 September. REPORT.AZ/ Exploration drilling will be continued in the "Absheron" gas condensate field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, by the year end.

    Report informs, Khoshbakht Yusifzade, First Vice President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) told official media.

    According to him, drilling works will be carried out from the semi-submersible drilling rig named after Heydar Aliyev.

    "Currently, "Absheron" Field Development Program is being prepared by the Contractor (Total company) on the Production Sharing Agreement", he added.

    Kh. Yusifzade said that the Development Program is expected to be submitted to SOCAR in November this year. The initial gas production from the field is planned for the end of 2019.

    Notably, "Absheron" gas-condensate field is located in the Caspian Sea, in the south-west of "Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli" oil-gas fields block, in 500 meters depth of the sea. According to SOCAR estimations, the field's potential reserves consist of 350 billion cubic meters of gas and 45 million tons of condensate. "Total" (operator, 40%), SOCAR (40%) and "Engie" (20%) take part in the "Absheron" project.

    1.5 billion cum of gas is planned to be produced from the first phase of "Absheron" field as well as 5 billion cum of gas from the second phase in 2022-2023.  

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