Cable sobre el defecto en la estructura de cemento del pozo

Directivos de BP reunidos con los diplomáticos creen que la fuga fue causada por "un trabajo mal hecho" en el revestimiento

ID:187280
Date:2009-01-15 11:01:00
Origin:09BAKU30
Source:Embassy Baku
Classification:CONFIDENTIAL
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/13/2019
TAGS: PGOV, PREL, AJ, TU, ENRG
SUBJECT: AZERBAIJAN: BP DOWNBEAT ON 2009 SHAH DENIZ PHASE
TWO PROGRESS

REF: A) BAKU 1126 B) BAKU 1186 C) ANKARA 56

Classified By: CA Don Lu, Reasons 1.2 (b,d)

1. (C) SUMMARY: Acording to BP Azerbaijan, inability to
reach agrement between Azerbaijan and Turkey on the price of
Shah Deniz Phase One gas currently being sold toTurkey and
on transit of Shah Deniz Phase Two ga has delayed and will
continue to delay the deveopment of the Shah Deniz Phase Two
project in 2009. As such, SOCAR might be more willing to
first develop ACG non-associated (aka "deep") gas, as it can
be developed relatively inexpensively and in increments, with
the resulting gas sold to purely regional markets, including
Russia and Iran (i.e., no need to transit through Turkey).
The Central Azeri Oil platform in the ACG offshore oil
mega-field has resumed production as of December, and the
AIOC Consortium expects production to reach pre-September
2008 levels within a few months. END SUMMARY.
2. (C) On January 13 Charge met with BP Azerbaijan President
Bill Schrader and UK CDA Simon Tonge, to discuss recent
energy issues. Also present were BP Azerbaijan Gas Marketing
Manager Richard Ruddiman, BP Azerbaijan Government Relations
VP Seymour Khalilov, and the U.S. and UK Embassy Energy
Officers.
SHAH DENIZ DEVELOPMENT DELAYED
3. (C) In general, BP Azerbaijan was not optimistic on timely
Shah Deniz Phase Two (SD2) development. As such, according
to BP Azerbaijan, the Shah Deniz (SD) Consortium will
continue to slow-track SD2 development in 2009, due to
disputes over Shah Deniz Phase One (SD1) price and SD2
transit with the Government of Turkey. In BP's opinion, an
optimistic scenario is some type of agreement in 2009, but
currently the SD Consortium has budgeted no more than a
negligible, 'placeholder' amount on SD2 in 2009 due to lack
of progress on SD1/SD2 in its talks with Turkey. BP
Azerbaijan also noted that SOCAR will probably also be
marginally less likely to spend the large amounts needed for
its share of SD2 investment given its vastly decreased
oil-related income and that fact that the start of payback
for any such SOCAR investments is no earlier than 2015.
4. (C) As for SD1, BP senses a reluctance from SOCAR to go
to arbitration with its Turkish brother, but the two sides
are still orders of magnitude apart on price for SD1, with no
real 'negotiating' occurring. BP senses that the SD
Consortium would be willing to give GOT a price lower than
the Gazprom/Iran price (as we have confirmed separately with
SOCAR), but Botas's current offer is so low that "there is no
real discussion going on."
ACG DEEP GAS MAY MOVE FORWARD SOONER
5. (C) In a related vein, BP said it was seeing a continued
increase of interest in Azeri Chirag Guneshli (ACG)
non-associated (aka 'deep') gas from the GOAJ, and thinks it
possible the GOAJ will seek to develop deep gas before SD2,
since development can be done far more cheaply and
incrementally, with the resulting gas being sold to Russia,
Iran, and Georgia (i.e., no need for Turkey transit).
TURKMENISTAN
6. (C) When asked about the possibility of GOTX gas being
supplied to GOT, BP repeated its opinion that due to the long
timelines involved with gas development, there would be no
GOTX gas coming west earlier than 2020.
UKRAINE-RUSSIA
7. (C) BP said that it thought that one result of the
Gazprom-Ukraine gas conflict, which has affected Turkish gas
supply, would be that the GOT would be even more focused on
security of supply/supply diversification/getting as much gas
as it can from SD2.
GEORGIA
8. (C) According to BP the Georgian government is unusually
quiet for this time of winter, i.e. not complaining about the
lack of gas it is receiving from Azerbaijan. BP says that
SOCAR is pushing as much gas to Georgia as is obligated, and
that Georgia is also getting its full amount from SD1. These
two sources, plus the gas it is getting as transit gas, seem
to be meeting the GA demand, and BP thinks it might be the
case that GA will not need any gas from Gazprom this winter.
BP agreed that GA could benefit from gas storage, pointing
out that many countries try to have storage equal to 20
percent of its annual need.
CENTRAL AZERI GAS LEAK IDENTIFIED

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8. (C) BP has restarted oil production from CA and is about
to start re-injecting gas again in the Central Azeri field.
It has closed off a "few suspect wells" from which they think
a bad cement job caused the leaking gas (which is actually
good news, since had it been a reservoir leak the damage
would have been potentially non-repairable, whereas now all
BP has to do is fix the cement job around a few wells, a hard
and expensive job to be sure, but preferable to losing the
platform). Production is now around 700,000 bpd, and with
gas injection they hope to get it back up to September
levels, i.e. 950,000 bpd.
9. (C) COMMENT: Since this meeting, there is indication
(reftel c) that Botas has increased the price it is willing
to pay for Shah Deniz Phase One gas. Additionally, SOCAR VP
for Marketing Elshad Nassirov canceled a January 15 meeting
scheduled with the Embassy to fly on short-notice to Turkey
to meet with the Turks on SD-related issues. Embassy will be
reporting on these developments septel.
LU
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