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BP wins the Royal Academy of Engineering major project award

The Shah Deniz 2 project will deliver a new, secure source of gas from Azerbaijan to Europe for the first time, playing a major role in the continent’s transition to a lower carbon economy

Fast facts


The Shah Deniz 2 project:

  • will provide more than double the gas to meet the needs of the six capital cities along the Southern Gas Corridor
  • spans 3,500km from Azerbaijan to Europe via Turkey
  • consists of 26 subsea wells, 110km of flowlines and two bridge-linked platforms connected to shore by 270km of gas and condensate pipelines
  • supported more than 30,000 jobs at peak


The engineers behind the Shah Deniz 2 project, a complex engineering challenge involving seven governments and 11 companies, will receive the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Major Project Award for 2019 at an awards ceremony in July. 


UK-based engineers from BP worked in collaboration with engineers from its major contractors over nine years to meticulously plan and ensure design integrity across the project. Industry-leading technology was used to make the project technically achievable.


It is a world class project, connecting six countries and linking communities, people, and cultures in a common endeavour. It provides new and secure energy from Azerbaijan that unlocks isolated markets in the region and has served as a catalyst to building skills and development in the region.”Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne,the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Iraq, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan


The safe and reliable start-up of Shah Deniz 2, delivering first gas to Turkey in 2018, is a testament to the ingenuity and diligence of the many hundreds of engineers and designers from BP and our major contractors who have contributed to the engineering since the project’s inception over a decade ago. "Mark Tatum,BP engineering manager