Azerbaijan

1996

Firt presence of the Group with the opening of an office in Baku

The Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea poses a number of technical challenges. Drilling and development are complicated by geographic location, being isolated from other sea routes, and make rig and heavyequipment transportation difficult.

Since 1996

  • 1996, Opening of the Total office in Baku.

Drilling masts in Baku, 1998, Lantigner
Drilling masts in Baku, 1998, Lantigner
  •  2002, On the Absheron permit (TotalFinaElf 20%), exploration work continued after encountering oil showings on the first well.

Rig Absheron Chevron-Istiqlal, 2001, Jacques Luiggi
Rig Absheron Chevron-Istiqlal, 2001, Jacques Luiggi
  • 2009, Production and Sharing Agreement (PSA) signed with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) on the Absheron block.

  • 2011, First well drilled in Absheron.

  • 2018, Start of the drilling campaign with the new semi-sub drilling rig Heydar Aliyev.

Drilling rig on the Absheron ABX-2 platform, Heydar Aliyev, off Baku, Azerbaijan, 2012, Marc Roussel
Drilling rig on the Absheron ABX-2 platform, Heydar Aliyev, off Baku, Azerbaijan, 2012, Marc Roussel