BP Resumes Caspian Sea Oil Production Ahead of Schedule

BP plc BP, the UK-headquartered energy giant, has successfully resumed oil production at one of its offshore platforms in the Caspian Sea off Azerbaijan's coast, completing planned maintenance works earlier than anticipated.

The temporary suspension of production at Deepwater Gunashli, one of the seven Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) platforms, commenced on Apr 25 for scheduled maintenance, inspection, and project work. However, BP's efficient execution enabled them to conclude the planned maintenance activities ahead of schedule.

The production and export systems of the platform were restarted on May 7, as the works were completed in less than the initially projected 15 days. Currently, production is being ramped up to pre-maintenance levels.

BP outlined that the maintenance program included inspections, valve replacements, nucleonic source replacements, and necessary repair works, emphasizing their role in ensuring long-term reliability, integrity, and production performance across all operated facilities in the region.

Located at a water depth of 175 meters, the Deepwater Gunashli complex is integral to the third phase of development of the ACG field in the Caspian Sea's Azerbaijan sector. Operational since April 2008, the complex consists of two bridge-linked platforms, a drilling, utilities, and quarters platform, and a process, gas compression, water injection, and utilities platform.

In addition to the successful maintenance, BP recently commenced oil production from a new 48-slot production, drilling, and quarters platform in the Caspian Sea, further bolstering its presence in the region.

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BP currently carries a Zack Rank #3 (Hold).

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The Zacks Consensus Estimate for SM’s 2024 earnings per share (EPS) is pegged at $6.53. The company has a Zacks Style Score of B for Value. It has witnessed upward earnings estimate revisions for 2024 and 2025 in the past seven days.

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The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2024 and 2025 EPS is pegged at $9.17 and $11.15, respectively. The company has witnessed upward earnings estimate revisions for 2025 in the past seven days.

Matador Resources’ upstream operations are primarily concentrated in the Delaware Basin, which is among the United States' most prolific oil and gas regions. The company has demonstrated a consistent upward trend in total production since 2019.

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