BP resumes oil output at one Azeri platform

BAKU Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:01am BST

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BAKU Oct 10 (Reuters) - A BP-led (BP.L) group resumed oil production at one of its two Azeri offshore platforms shut after a gas leak in September, BP Azerbaijan said on Friday.

"Oil production at Western Azeri was resumed late Thursday," a company spokeswoman Tamam Bayatly told Reuters.

A source in the consortium told Reuters earlier this month that resumption of oil production at Western Azeri would double production at the Azeri-Chirag-Gyuneshli (ACG) offshore group of fields to around 600,000 bpd, down from the usual 900,000 bpd.

BP in September suspended oil production at two ACG platforms, Western and Central Azeri, of the giant Caspian Sea deposit due to a gas leak.

ACG is the main source of oil for the BP-operated Baku-Ceyhan pipeline, which runs from the fields in the Azeri sector of the Caspian Sea to the Turkish Mediterranean coast. (Reporting by Lada Yevgrashina, writing by Tanya Mosolova)

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