Incomes from ACG started going down

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Новый контракт по блоку АЧГ  может быть подписан скоро – SOCAR

From January to May 2016 proceeds from sale of profitable oil from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) bloc to the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) totaled $1,801,000,000.

“Since 2001 till June 1, 2016 proceeds from sale of profitable oil of Azerbaijan from the ACG bloc to SOFAZ totaled $118,869,000,000,” said a source from SOFAZ.

Table of monthly profit of SOFAZ from ACG in 2016

Months Profit of the state from ACG (in million USD) Average price of

BTC FOB Ceyhan (in $/barrels)

January 442 32.33
February 348 33.43
March 347 39.80
April 356 43.02
May 308 48.11
Total 1801 39.34

As one can see from the table, since early year prices for exported Azerbaijani oil have been growing almost every month, but despite that SOFAZ’s profit from ACG was going down (except for April). In May profit of the state totaled only $308 million, dropped by 30.3% against January or by $134 million. But difference in average price of export oil was about $16.00 per barrel. This means that in quarter 2, 2016 volume of oil production on the ACG contract area has been going down.

In quarter 1, 2016 average daily production volume was 651,000 barrels. According to some sources, in quarter 4, 2016 this index will drop to 620,000 barrels a day.

In 2016 profit of SOFAZ from sale of profitable oil from the ACG totaled $6.9 billion. Last year average export price of Azerbaijani oil was $53.00 per barrel.

The peak of SOFAZ’s profit from ACG was in 2011 – almost $1.6 billion a month. In 2015 it totaled over $580 million.

  * The contract for development of Azeri, Chirag and a deep-water section of Guneshli fields was signed on September 20, 1994 and entered into force on December 12, 1994. The partners of the ACG project include BP (35.78%), Chevron (11.27%), ExxonMobil (8.0006%), ONGC Videsh Limited (2.72%), Inpex (10.96%), Itochu (4.3%), SOCAR (11.65%) Statoil (8.56%) and TPAO (6.75%).

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