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BP begins production from Juniper project
BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) yesterday announced first gas from the Juniper development, the fifth of BP’s seven Upstream major project start-ups planned for 2017.
The project is expected to boost bpTT’s gas production capacity by an estimated 590 million standard cubic feet a day (mmscfd).
With an investment of approximately US$2 billion, Juniper is BP’s first subsea field development in Trinidad.
It produces gas from the Corallita and Lantana fields via the new Juniper platform, 80 kilometres (50 miles) off the south-east coast of Trinidad in water approximately 110 metres deep.
The gas flows to the Mahogany B hub via a new ten kilometre flowline that was installed in 2016.
Chief executive of BP’s Upstream business, Bernard Looney said: “Delivered on schedule and under budget, Juniper is a major milestone in BP’s more than 50 years of investment in Trinidad and Tobago. It is the largest new project brought into production in Trinidad for several years and the second major project we have started here this year. Together they represent a significant portion of the new production capacity we expect to bring online in 2017.”
Another major project in Trinidad, the Trinidad Onshore Compression project (TROC), began operations in April.
In June bpTT announced that it had sanctioned development of the Angelin gas field, which is expected to start production in late 2019.
BpTT also announced two gas discoveries in June in the Savannah and Macadamia exploration wells offshore Trinidad.
It is estimated that those wells contain approximately 2 tcf (trillion cubic feet) of gas that will underpin new developments for the energy company.
Commenting further on the Juniper development, bpTT’s Regional president Norman Christie said: “The safe start-up of production from Juniper is a proud moment for bpTT, and further demonstrates our commitment to helping improve production capacity for Trinidad and Tobago.”
“We thank the Government, our contractors and the hundreds of team members across the globe that worked to safely bring Juniper on to production.”
Juniper is bpTT’s 14th offshore platform in Trinidad and its sixth to be constructed at the fabrication yard in La Brea, Trinidad.
In a separate release, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries Franklyn Khan offered his own remarks on the Juniper development.
“The Minister of Energy and Energy Industries welcomes the announcement by bpTT of first gas from its Juniper development.”
The minister added that the Juniper development and the TROC project would play an important role in reducing T&T’s current gas supply shortage.
“Juniper and TROC projects are examples of bpTT’s commitment to improving the domestic gas production and will assist in alleviating the current gas shortfall.” Khan said.
Commenting on the Savannah and Macadamia discoveries, the minister noted that discussions between bpTT and the ministry were “ongoing” with respect to the development plans for both fields.