Turan Drilling & Engineering Company has been awarded its first operations and maintenance contract worth US$500 million with BP in Azerbaijan.
The deal is for the operations and maintenance of seven platform drilling rigs operated by BP in the Caspian Sea pursuant to Product Sharing Agreements. These are the East, West and Central Azeri, Deepwater Gunashli, West Chirag, Chirag and Shah Deniz installations. The initial term is for five years with two one year extension options.
Formed in July 2018, Turan Drilling & Engineering is a joint venture between KCA Deutag and SOCAR AQS.
Nasib Hasanov, founder of Nobel Oil Services, SOCAR AQS’s major shareholder, said, “We are very pleased that our joint venture, Turan Drilling & Engineering, has been awarded this contact, which is a significant milestone in its development. This contract represents client recognition of our joint venture’s capability and capacity to deliver complex projects with the application of the highest industry standards. This contract will also serve the development of local talent in the drilling industry and related services in Azerbaijan.”
Norrie McKay, CEO of KCA Deutag said, “KCA Deutag has worked in the Caspian for a number of years now, and we are delighted BP has recognised the strength of our new Azerbaijani joint venture with the award of this substantial contract to Turan Drilling & Engineering.
“The Caspian onshore and offshore drilling and engineering market continues to be highly active, and we believe that our local presence puts us in a strong position to take advantage of other business development opportunities as they arise.”