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BP said Wednesday it will suspend operations at the Chirag offshore production, drilling and quarters platform in the Caspian Sea within two months to conduct maintenance.

BP-Azerbaijan chief Gordon Birrell told Reuters the platform will be taken offline sometime during the next two months but did not provide a specific date.

The company suspended operations at the West Azeri platform in the Caspian Sea for 22 days beginning on May 21 to perform maintenance.

The Chirag platform is located 74 miles east of Baku in water depths of 393 feet and has been in operation since 1997.

The platform has both producing and water injection wells to handle water injection to increase oil recovery.

Chirag produced 54,000 barrels per day in the first quarter of 2015, according to BP.

Output from the BP operated Azeri, Chirag and Guneshli (ACG) oil fields hit 8 million tons in the first quarter of this year, up from 7.9 million tons during the same period in 2014.

ACG is a complex of 6 production platforms: Chirag 1, Central Azeri, West Azeri, East Azeri, Deepwater Gunashli, West Chirag; and 2 process, gas compression, water injection and utilities platforms.

The ACG fields are operated by the Azerbaijan International Operating Company on behalf of BP.

BP holds a 35.8 percent stake in ACG.

Azerbaijan’s Socar holds a 11.6 percent stake, Chevron holds a 11.3 percent stake, Japan’s Inpex holds a 11 percent stake and Norway’s Statoil holds a 8.6 percent stake.

ExxonMobil holds an 8 percent stake, Turkey’s TPAO holds a 6.8 percent stake, Japan’s Itochu holds a 4.3 percent stake and India’s ONGC holds a 2.7 percent stake.


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