BAKU, Azerbaijan, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Azerbaijan Friday invited foreign specialists to the country to look into the causes of a gas leak at the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli oil fields in the Caspian Sea.
BP officials, a leading shareholder managing ACG, on Sept. 17 suspended production at the Central Azeri field in the complex because of the detection of a gas spark near an oil platform. Full production in the western fields was also suspended.
State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic President Rovnag Abdullayev said specialists were invited to the country to examine the issue, noting production would resume in the near future, the Azeri Press Agency said.
The suspension decreased oil production from ACG by 50 percent. Daily production had approached 850,000 barrels of Azeri light crude in July.
Meanwhile, Azerbaijan said it would release environmental impact assessments on the ACG field to the public next April.
The announcement follows comments from BP regarding the production at new fields in the complex.
"Exploration work was completed in 2007. We plan to start engineering design in 2009 and achieve initial production in 2013," said Ilgar Mammadov with BP-Azerbaijan.