MOSCOW Dec 23 A BP-led (BP.L) group has
partially resumed production at the last Azeri offshore platform
that was still shut after a gas leak in September, a spokeswoman
for the group said on Tuesday.
BP in September suspended oil production at two platforms,
Western and Central Azeri, of the giant Caspian Sea deposit,
Azeri-Chirag-Gyuneshli (ACG), due to a gas leak. It resumed work
at Western Azeri in October.
"We have partially resumed oil production at Central Azeri,"
said the spokesman, Tamam Bayatly.
She did not say how much the field is producing now, but a
source close to Azeri state energy company Socar, which is a
part of the group, told Reuters production was resumed at 3 of
the platform's 13 wells.
Before Central Azeri resumed operations, ACG was producing
600,000 barrels per day of oil, down from the usual 900,000 bpd.
The source added that not more than 5 wells will be
producing in the first quarter of the next year.
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.
Azerbaijan was the only non-OPEC nation to offer output cuts
at the group's meeting last week. Azeri Energy Minister Natik
Aliyev said the country was ready to cut output by 300,000
barrels per day to 540,000 bpd, which will be its lowest output
level in two years.
Most of Azeri oil output is controlled by the BP-led
(Reporting by Lada Yevgrashina, writing Tanya Mosolova)