ACG Project, Central Azeri

Application: Instrumented Protection System
Installation Area: Central Azeri, PDQ Platform, Azerbaijan
Client: Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC)

Hima-Sella has provided and commissioned multiple Instrumented Protection Systems (IPS) on the Central Azeri Platform, Offshore Azerbaijan. The systems, utilising programmable technology in dual configuration, achieve SIL3 in accordance with IEC61508.

Located 100km East of Baku, standing in 128m of water, Central Azeri (which takes supply from Azerbaijan's Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) Field) began production in February 2005 with the production platform now boasting a staggering overall capacity of 420,000 barrels per day.

The Central Azeri facilities are made up of a 48-slot Production, Drilling and Quarters (PDQ) platform. Processed oil was initially transported to market via existing pipelines, before the dedicated Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan route became operational in 2005. The Azeri oil is being piped to land through a dedicated pipeline laid to the Sangachal processing and storage facility, South of Baku, before being piped into the Azeri gas system for domestic use.

Since the completion of this project, Hima-Sella has been awarded an additional contract to provide a replacement Programmable Electronic System (PES) for a water damaged panel on the Central Azeri Platform. The replacement panel is also required to achieve SIL3 in accordance with IEC61508. The panel, along with the provision of site support and spare parts, provides a continuation of Hima-Sella’s working relationship with Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC).

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