The IPU Starting Service team recently visited the BP Chirag platform that is being built in Baku, Azerbaijan. The undertaking was to commission and test the starting unit attached to the emergency generator, which had not long been installed. The platform itself, is due to be commissioned in the Caspian Sea in the summer of 2013.
The Starting unit had been made to BP specifications and certified in accordance with offshore regulations for potentially explosive environments.
The process of commissioning involved checking the system over before operation, charging the accumulators and testing the unit; this was all performed by the IPU Servicing team.
While on board, IPU staff gave in depth training to the customer on how to safely operate the hydraulic start system.