* SOCAR chief sure of stable oil output at ACG oilfields
* Azeri president accused BP of false promises over output
* SOCAR expects oil production of 33 mln tonnes in 2012-2013
By Lada Evgrashina
BAKU, Dec 18 British oil major BP and
Azeri state energy company SOCAR agreed to cooperate in
stabilising 2013 production at the Azeri, Chirag and Guneshli
(ACG) oilfields, the biggest in Azerbaijan and one of BP's
largest global projects.
"We have agreed on a programme for 2013 and approved it as a
stabilisation programme," Rovnag Abdullayev, the SOCAR
president, told reporters after meeting with BP Chief Executive
"I'm sure we will manage to secure stable oil production at
the Azeri, Chirag and Guneshli oilfields," he said.
Dudley visited Azerbaijan on Tuesday, two months after Azeri
President Ilham Aliyev accused the British major of making
Falling output at the fields has raised concerns in the
ex-Soviet republic about its budget, given that revenues are
linked to oil and gas exports.
The ACG oilfields were expected to produce over 1 million
barrels per day (bpd) after a third phase was completed in 2008.
Production reached 823,000 bpd in 2010 but has fallen since
then. It averaged 684,000 bpd in the first half of 2012.
"A major work had been done at the Azeri, Chirag, Guneshli
oilfields after the (Azeri) president's statement ... Technical
groups started working, and we got a good cooperation between BP
and SOCAR," Abdullayev said.
The head of SOCAR said in October it was working with BP on
a plan to keep output roughly flat through the end of the decade
and was not looking at a change of operator.
It has said it expects production of 33 million tonnes
(around 678,000 bpd) this year and in 2013.
Azerbaijan said in October BP had promised to sack staff
responsible for the output shortfall. BP later made managerial
changes in its Azeri office, which it said were not related to
President Ilham Aliyev's criticism.
Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Statoil
also have stakes in the consortium.