SOCAR-KBR completes work on ACE platform


USA engineering giant KBR has said that its joint venture with SOCAR, which is working on the engineering design phase of the Azeri Central East (ACE) platform, is now nearing completion of its work scope, Report informs, citing KBR.

The $6 billion Azeri Central East development project in the Caspian Sea, operated by BP, is a development that includes a new 48-slot production, drilling, and quarters platform located mid-way between the existing Central Azeri and East Azeri platforms in approximately 460 feet of water depth.

New infield pipelines will transfer oil and gas from the ACE platform to the existing ACG Phase 2 oil and gas export pipelines for transportation to the onshore Sangachal terminal.

SOCAR-KBR JV has been responsible for FEED work for the new platform, and according to KBR, this is the first platform of the type to be designed through all phases, from concept to FEED and detailed design, fully utilizing KBR’s Digital Twin technology.

“The benefits of the Digital Twin continue to be utilized as the ACE platform moves into fabrication and commissioning, which is being undertaken by the client in Azerbaijan,” KBR said.

The digital twin technology creates a platform for SOCAR-KBR and clients and partners to access all project information from anywhere in the world through all phases of execution: “This technology allows users to view procurement status and materials availability, thus enabling 3D, 4D, and 5D planning through its reliance on data maturity, resulting in improved performance and reliability.”

In the operation phase, the operator can use the digital twin to execute tasks remotely, including site surveys, isolation design, and work sign off, moving traditional offshore activities onshore.

Central East Azeri ACG is the next stage in the development of the contract area. This project aims to achieve peak production of up to 100,000 barrels of oil and 350,000 standard cubic feet of gas per day by drilling additional wells and installing other offshore facilities.