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Aquaterra gets subsea riser order from Azerbaijan

Aquaterra Energy has won a high-pressure high temperature (HPHT) subsea riser contract with oil and gas operator Umid Babek Operating Company (UBOC) for the exploration of its HP well on the Babek project in Azerbaijan. 

Aquaterra Energy will deliver its 15,000 psi subsea riser system, using the AQC-SR connector range, as part of UBOC’s drilling program for the BX-01 exploration well located at the Babek field.

The company will provide complete end-to-end managed service, as a fully independent riser system and connector OEM, which will be operated via a jack-up MODU in water depths of 62 meters.

We’re delighted to be working with UBOC on this project and to continue demonstrating our HPHT riser system expertise in locations such as Azerbaijan,” Ben Cannell, Innovation director at Aquaterra Energy.

“We see huge potential here for our team to provide intelligently engineered solutions, whilst also supporting industry decarbonisations efforts. We’re pleased to provide a system that ensures enhanced efficiency and reduced rig time – whilst also working alongside and supporting local engineers in-country.” 

The system’s AQC-SR quick connectors are expected to provide UBOC with crucial gas-tight metal-to-metal seals and a backup elastomeric seal.

In addition, each connection can be pressure tested, offering enhanced environmental reassurance against well bore fluid discharge and assurance of connector integrity, Aquaterra said.

The company said it had advised using a jack-up rig instead of a semi-submersible to maximise safety and efficiency, while minimising cost and rig-time.

“Aquaterra’ s continuous consultation was second to none on this project and allowed us to explore options that we wouldn’t traditionally. Together we will be able to reach operational deadlines, whilst also taking environmental considerations into account. The team’s innovative approach has been instrumental in making this project viable and we are very much looking forward to continuing our collaborative relationship,” UBOC stated.

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The transportation of oil (including the condensate) for exporting was approximately 334 thousand tons, 1.3% lower than the relevant period of 2020.  

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