BP starts producing gas from Juniper off Trinidad & Tobago

BP’s Trinidad and Tobago unit, BPTT produced first gas from the Juniper development, the company’s fifth of seven major upstream 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, BP said in a statement on Monday.

With an investment of approximately $2 billion, Juniper is BP’s first subsea field development in Trinidad. The project included the construction of a normally unmanned platform, together with corresponding subsea infrastructure.

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 then flows to the Mahogany B hub via a new ten-kilometre flowline that was installed in 2016.

Another major project in Trinidad, the Trinidad onshore compression project, began operations in April, while in June BPTT sanctioned the development of the Angelin gas field, which is expected to start production in late 2019.

BPTT has also made two gas discoveries which may support future developments offshore Trinidad.

Combined, the new developments will provide additional volumes for Atlantic LNG plant and help alleviate the gas shortages that have caused a significant drop in LNG production over the last two years.

Production begins at Persephone in Australia

The Persephone project off the coast of Western Australia is operated by Woodside Energy and is part of the North West Shelf project joint venture.

The development comprises two subsea wells tied back to the existing North Rankin complex by a 7km flowline.

Located about 140 kilometres north-west of Karratha, Western Australia in the water depth of around 125 metres, at peak production the project is expected to produce around 48 mmscfd of gas net for BP that holds a 16.67 percent in Persephone.

Previously this year, BP started up the first phase of the West Nile Delta development in Egypt, the Trinidad Onshore Compression project and the Quad 204 redevelopment in the UK.

Speaking of this year’s startups, Bob Dudley, BP’s CEO, said, “this year’s projects will deliver a key part of the 800,000 barrels equivalent a day production from new projects that we expect by the end of the decade.”

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