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BP Halts Crude Production at Caspian Chirag Platform

Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc said it halted production at the Chirag oil platform in the Caspian Sea on Dec. 11 for unscheduled repair work.

The platform normally produces about 91,000 barrels of oil a day, Robert Wine, a company spokesman, said by telephone from London today, adding that there was no set date yet for its restart. The disruption will affect flows through BP’s Western Export Route Pipeline to the Black Sea port of Supsa in Georgia, he said.

A fault was detected during routine testing of the platform’s so-called fire-water system, Wine said.

The Azeri-Chiraq-Guneshli fields located 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Baku constitute the largest field under development in Azerbaijan’s sector of the Caspian basin, according to BP’s website.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Grant Smith in London at gsmith52@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Raj Rajendran at rrajendran4@bloomberg.net

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