The contract, for three years and with two one year options, is valued at between $2-$3 million and comprises the logistical management of approximately 150 pigs, co-ordinated between the terminal, five offshore platforms, BTC (Baku, Tiblisi, Ceyhan) and the WREP (Western Route Export Pipeline) export pipelines.
The workscope also includes the repair and refurbishment of the pigs by Aberdeen-based PSL which employs more than 200 staff in Baku. The contract pushes PSL's turnover in Baku to more than £10 million a year and will be executed by local Azeri personnel, with the management being provided by experienced UK engineers.
BP operations support engineer, Robert Schroeter, said PSL had made an important contribution to the management of pigging operations since joining the BP operations team in Baku.
Mr. Schroeter said: "Since the start up of the 30" oil and 28" gas subsea pipelines from the Central Azeri platform in Q1 2005, the level of pigging activity at Sangachal has more than doubled.
"In response to this challenge, PSL was able to mobilize quickly to implement their facilities and to execute the task of managing the operation of BP's pigging activities in Azerbaijan.
"Having PSL onsite at the Sangachal Terminal has proven to be a tremendous resource to our operations team, especially during the start-up of the Phase-1 terminal expansion.
"We look forward to continuing our relationship with PSL as we continue to expand our operations here at the terminal. With the BTC pipeline, Shah Deniz project, and the Phase 2 & 3 terminal expansions ahead of us, PSL's work for BP Azerbaijan has just begun."
PSL's managing director, Doug Duguid, said: "The award of this contract is strategically important to PSL as it cements our long term future in Baku. This contract pushes our turnover in Baku to more than £10 million a year and we are currently investing in a custom built facility in the Salyan Highway which underlines our commitment to this important region."
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