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Blog Coverage British Oil Company Expected to Sign Azerbaijan Contract by June 2017; Existing Deal to Expire in 2024

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LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / June 2, 2017 / Active Wall St. blog coverage looks at the headline from British Oil Company BP PLC (NYSE: BP).The Company is expected to sign a contract at the end of June extending its production sharing deal for Azerbaijan's biggest oilfields until 2050, according to the Company's regional head's statement on May 31, 2017. With the existing deal set to expire in 2024, BP-led consortium and Azeri state oil firm SOCAR signed a letter of intent in December to continue developing the giant Azeri-Chirag-Guneshly (ACG) offshore fields until 2050. Register with us now for your free membership and blog access at: http://www.activewallst.com/register/.

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The Development Agreement

On December 23, 2016, The State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) and the Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC) signed a letter of intent for the future development of the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) field in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea. The agreement included the development of the field until 2050 and will add significant resource potential to the middle of the century.

The ACG Field

ACG is a giant field located about 100 km east of Baku. The field covers an area of more than 432 square kilometers and is the biggest producing oil field in the Caspian Sea. The depth of the reservoir is around 2000-3500 meters and lies in the water depth of between 120 to 170 meters. The existing ACG PSA was signed in September 1994 for 30 years. Oil Production from the field began in November 1997, and as of December 23, 2016, the field has produced more than 3 billion barrels of oil with around $33 billion of investment.

There are six producing platforms on ACG, linked with a world-class onshore terminal in Sangachai near Baku. From the terminal, oil is exported to world markets primarily by the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil export pipeline and the Western Export Pipeline to Supsa. British Oil Company currently is the operator acting on the behalf of AIOC and the Contractor Parties to the ACG Production Sharing Agreement.

The BP-ACG Relation

BP first arrived in Azerbaijan in June 1992, when it opened its first office in Baku. In the last 25 years, BP has partnered with the Government of Azerbaijan and its co-venturers, BP-operated projects, Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG), Shah Deniz, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP), have contributed to the development of the Caspian Sea as a modern hydrocarbon province.

In the Caspian, the Company operated two giant fields, namely, the ACG (Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli) and SD (Shah Deniz) gas fields. These fields are directly linked to the local and international markets via an expansive export system, including a complex subsea pipeline infrastructure and connected with the Sangachai terminal, three export pipelines with a total length of 3,300 km connected with marine export systems on the Black and Mediterranean Seas.

Azeri's President, Ilham Aliyev, stated on May 31, 2017, that he expected the contract to be signed soon, speculating the final intent to reach an agreement with investors at the Caspian Oil & Gas Conference in Baku.

Stock Performance

On Thursday, June 01, 2017, the stock closed the trading session at $36.24, marginally up 0.25% from its previous closing price of $36.15. A total volume of 6.48 million shares have exchanged hands, which was higher than the 3-month average volume of 6.43 million shares. BP PLC's stock price surged 6.21% in the last three months, 8.11% in the past six months, and 15.63% in the previous twelve months. The stock is trading at a PE ratio of 55.16 and has a dividend yield of 6.62%. The stock currently has a market cap of $120.21 billion.

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