BP Azerbaijan awards development of an electronic Operations Safety Manual (OSM) for the West Chirag Platform to Matrix

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010

Matrix Management Systems has won a contract to develop an electronic OSM (Safety Case) BP Azerbaijan’s West Chirag Platform using Matrix’s MAT-Nav Information Navigator software. MAT-Nav is a web-based graphical platform for navigating planned and operational facilities. It uses text, graphics and animations to access key safety and environmental information and is ideal for managing and communicating safety and environmental cases.

Under the terms of the contract Matrix will customise its MAT-Nav software to create an OSM which describes the physical aspects of the West Chirag installation including its safety features, the controls in place to manage and maintain them and how safe operations are managed on an ongoing basis.

Wilf Luck, Managing Director of Matrix commented, “We have been working for BP Azerbaijan for 8 years now and in that time we have created OSM’s for all of its facilities both onshore and offshore. The award of this contract underlines the continued value that our products bring to our customers”.

Chirag is an offshore oil field in the Caspian Sea, located 120 km (75 miles) east of Baku, Azerbaijan and is a part of the larger Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) project. The production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform Chirag 1 (EOP) has been in operation since 1997. Chirag 1 has been producing the Early Oil from the ACG field. West Chirag was planned as an extension of ACG project.

BP has been in Azerbaijan since 1992 and is the largest foreign investor in the country. BP operates two production-sharing agreements (PSAs) – Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) and Shah Deniz (SD) – and holds other exploration leases in the area.

The Chirag Oil Project (COP) development concept is an offshore fixed installation located in the Chirag – Deep Water Gunashli (DWG) area of the ACG field in a water depth of approximately 170m. The installation comprises a single production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform with a nameplate capacity of 185 thousand barrels of oil per day (gross). This new platform will be partially integrated with the existing DWG facility via marine pipelines for the export of produced water for disposal and the receipt of injection water for reservoir water flood. Oil and gas produced by the new platform will be processed at Sangachal Terminal utilising existing ullage. The COP was sanctioned in February 2010.