Royal HaskoningDHV were appointed by BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Ltd to undertake a detailed assessment of their existing facilities at a Supply Base in Baku. The purpose was to define future development needs, based on current and future operational activity. 

The client required a study that would consider the operational restrictions and constraints within the existing offshore supply base, examining both the current situation and future demands on the facility. 

It was generally found that the current Supply Base, while currently serving its basic purpose, was inadequate in meeting current demand in some areas; and would not have space for all the facilities required in the future. 

Following a detailed review, it was recommended that scattered areas existing within the Base be combined into a single operational area. Further recommendations included improvements to bulk solids & fluids facilities, enhancements to the diesel tank farm and to the road, services and quayside infrastructure. New facilities were also proposed to meet BP’s Health and Safety requirements, including oil spill response, major accident response, preservation and maintenance and well-capping and storage. 

The conclusion of the study was a set of recommendations (with cost estimates) focusing on the components required, the arrangement of the developed scheme and the steps needed to realise the objective. 

Delivered within the Client’s budget, the project provided a statement of requirements that will enable BP to carry out further development and expansion of the Supply Base. The proposed approach will meet the client’s needs for at least the next 20 years.

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