|Location||near Absheron peninsula|
|Partners||previously operated by North Absheron Operating Company (NAOC) consortium:
Delta Oil Company (4.5%)
|Start of development||1997|
|Estimated oil in place||6 million tonnes
(~ 2×106 m3 or 10 MMbbl)
|Estimated gas in place||25×109 m3 (880×109 cu ft)|
Dan Ulduzu-Ashrafi bloc
The Production sharing agreement (PSA) for exploration, development and production between SOCAR and NAOC consortium for Dan Ulduzu-Ashrafi bloc was signed on December 14, 1996. The contract area is 453 km2. The water depth on location is 160 metres (520 ft) - 180 metres (590 ft). According to the agreement, 3 exploration wells would be drilled and if successful, the production would start in 2003 with an intended output to reach 7 million tons per year by 2007. Azerbaijan would also have been paid $75 million in bonuses. Total capital investment was estimated to be at $2.5 billion. After drilling of 3 exploration wells, 2 million tons of oil was discovered at Dan Ulduzu and 6 million tons was found at Ashrafi field in January 1998. During the exploration stage, in 1998-2001, the price for barrel of oil was below $20. Due to low energy prices, the bloc was not considered commercially viable and was thus abandoned. On March 7, 2000 the contract for exploration ended and was not renewed by the consortium.
The project was operated by North Absheron Operating Company (NAOC) which consisted of the operator Amoco (acquired by BP) (30%) and partners SOCAR (20%), Itochu (20%), Unocal (25.5%), Delta Oil Company (4.5%). The company had spent a total of $64.5 million for exploration. The initial right for development of the field was granted to Amoco and Unocal in 1992. The other partners joined in in mid-1990s.
In early 2004, SOCAR confirmed plans to revitalize the project at Dan Ulduzu and Ashrafi fields in 2007. SOCAR intends to drill 19 wells by 2015 which will require an investment of 2.76 billion Azerbaijani manats. In 2007, SOCAR signed a Memorandum of understanding with the German company Wintershall for exploration works at Ashrafi. Currently, the drilling is being carried out by semi submersible drilling vessel Dede Qorqud of Caspian Drilling Company, contracted by SOCAR.
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