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The project will reduce emissions through greater operational efficiency. [image credit: BP]

By Joseph Murphy

BP has enlisted a joint venture between Houston-based KBR and Azerbaijan's SOCAR to reduce emissions at a Shah Deniz platform off the coast of Azerbaijan, by improving its power supply, KBR said on June 20.

KBR's joint venture with SOCAR has secured a front-end engineering design, turnaround engineering, and procurement and support services contract from BP on decommissioning five existing power generators at the Shah Deniz Alpha platform, and then providing power from the Shah Deniz Bravo platform through subsea cables and a back-up power generator.

The project will improve operational efficiency by providing a long-term, high-availability power supply, KBR said.

"KBR has been working in the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey region since 1993, which gives us unrivalled expertise with on- and off-shore greenfield and brownfield assets,” said Jay Ibrahim, president of KBR Sustainable Technology Solutions, said in a statement. “Our SOCAR-KBR joint venture allows us to combine KBR's proven tools, systems, procedures and project track record in the region with SOCAR's operations knowledge and experience in the energy sector.”