BP has shut its Shah Deniz Alpha (SDA) platform in the Caspian Sea off Azerbaijan for maintenance.

The UK supermajor said that, as part of the maintenance programme, it has also suspended the Shah Deniz 1 facility inside the Sangachal oil and gas terminal close to the capital, Baku.

According to the plan, production from SDA has been suspended for five days from 30 July for maintenance, inspection and other work.

The operator said it is a routine shutdown as a part of normal operations, so is included in the annual work programme, budget, and production forecast.

BP said output from the Shah Deniz Bravo platform as well as other BP-operated facilities on the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli fields will continue as normal.

Oil and gas exports continue via the South Caucasus gas pipeline, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the western route of the Baku-Tbilisi-Supsa line.

Before the shutdown, Shah Deniz was averaging production of around 53 million cubic meters per day. Produced gas is being delivered to consumers in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey.

BP said the total production capacity of the Alfa and Bravo platforms and gas receiving and exporting facilities is around 56 MMcmd — or above 20 billion cubic metres per annum.

According to Azerbaijan's Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov, gas production from Shah Deniz 1 and 2 will exceed 25 Bcm in 2024.

“That means that buyers in Turkey and Europe will receive 16 billion cubic meters of gas a year from Shah Deniz 2 as it was agreed in gas sell contracts,” he said.