Petroleum services and Franco-Azerian university in Azerbaïdjan

L’université de Strasbourg qui s’est vue confier le management de l’université Franco-Azeri (formation d’ingénieurs et de techniciens), par notre ambassadeur en Azerbaïdjan (P Meunier et son successeur Aurelia Bouchez) rencontrés le 25 Aout lors de la réunion des ambassadeurs à Paris. L’ACP a pour membre partenaire Pro Educ Consultants spécialiste du domaine éducatif www.pro-educ-consultants.com

 

Topics raised during for the meeting of the ACP president and the French Ambassador in Azerbaijan (August the 25th 2015)

The objective was to share ideas regarding our possible contribution to the assessment of what could/should be done with the “vintage” installations (production, refinery) and for the development of the local service/product companies.

During the meeting we also introduced the perspective of a Franco-German partnership in establishing a “Caspian petroleum Hub”  for training and servicing the local market.

 

Early in June 2012, we raised the critical situation faced by SOCAR to optimise the production of the old fields (oil & gas recovery), to increase the safety of the refineries and to improve the environment (polluted by centenarian oil production and treatment). Face to the existing situation Plaquette Azerbb, we developped a technical proposal for such audit SOCAR audit offer that could be the base of a new cooperation with European industries.

In the business forum France Azerbaijan two months ago we have reactivated our proposal.
We have also expressed to the economical Consul of Azerbaijan, our interest and readiness to further develop the local petroleum service companies towards the needs of the local and regional (Caspian Sea) industry. Such an approach has been initiated by our partner AETS/Apave on following experience:
-Support to oil equipment manufacturer “Azneftekhimyamash” (AETS coached 7 oil service companies for API Q1 certification and implementation of OHS and environmental management systems. AETS also supported Azneftekhimyamash for the development of a catalogue of services and strengthening of its management system)
-Mingäçevir (AETS provided support to reduce environmental, safety impact of thermal power station under refurbishment. The project included to perform diagnosis, implement action plan, assist for commissioning of TPP equipment and advise accordingly. Permanent assistance has been provided from 2010 to date) ¬

 

Technical proposal for a Survey SOCAR audit offer of the old oil production and refining sites in Azerbaijan:

Background

The national oil production increased from 15Mt/year in 2000 to 50 Mt/year in 2010 (and then started to decrease) in the mean time the national gas production increased to 25 Mt/year. The national oil & gas production is mainly due to the new giant offshore site Azeri Guneshli Chirag and Shah Deniz. The rest of the production (20% for oil and 30% for gas) comes from 40 old fields (both on- and off-shore) operated by SOCAR, many of which are considered to be in disrepair and have been artificially stimulated for years using water injection. The main one is the offshore field “shallow-water Gunashli,” located 60 miles off Azerbaijan’s Absheron Peninsula first came online in 1981, but was developed only to a maximum water depth of 400 feet owing to technological constraints. Press reports indicate that production levels are falling as equipment is in disrepair and the structure is losing reservoir pressure. The on shore production declined by 15% because the operation companies do not invest capital to maintain the oil production.

Azeri crude oil is refined domestically at two refineries (more than 60 years old) : the Azerineftyanajag refinery, with a capacity of 160 Kbl/d; and the Heydar Aliyev refinery, which has a capacity of 200 Kbl/d. Heating oil accounts for roughly half of output at Azeri refineries, followed by diesel fuel, gasoline, motor oil, kerosene, and other products. Both of the country’s refineries are in need of modernization

The Absheron Peninsula is heavily polluted due to nearly 150 years of oil production that has left some 10,000 hectares of oil-contaminated land. The Caspian Sea has also been affected due to poor practices which include oil and wastewater spilling and pouring out onto the ground at drilling sites. Cleaning up already polluted land, as well as reducing on-going pollution from oil-production and from people themselves by conforming to good international environmental and safety practice are key priorities of the Environmental State Program (ESP).

It would be worthwhile to look at the old oil production and refinery plants to improve there the oil & gas recovery, to secure the refineries and to improve the environment protection. To address it, a group of 3 specialized oil service companies, members of the Association des Consultants Pétroliers www.acp-france.org (ICAT www.icat-amo.com for production optimization, P+I www.pplusi-conseil.com for refinery maintenance, inspection and process safety survey, AETS/APAVE www.aets-consultants.com for environment control) is offering a combined and focused Survey.

 

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