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Green light for BP and Trinidad and Tobago’s firm for cross-border offshore gas field

BP Trinidad and Tobago, a subsidiary of the UK-headquartered energy giant BP, and Trinidad and Tobago’s National Gas Company (NGC) have secured a two-year license from the United States government’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to explore and develop a gas field in the Caribbean which straddles the maritime boundary between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.

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While welcoming the award of the license, the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago noted that it would enable BP, the National Gas Company, and the country’s government to negotiate an agreement to develop the cross-border Manakin-Coquina field with the authorities in Venezuela.

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This license, which covers a project with approximately 1 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas reserves, is slated to expire on May 31, 2026. The Energy Chamber believes there are huge gas resources within the Plataforma Deltana region of Venezuela and in fields that straddle the maritime boundary with Trinidad and Tobago.

As a result, it is convinced that delivering natural gas by pipeline from those fields to Trinidad for processing through LNG and the petrochemical industry presents “a major opportunity” for these two countries and others that rely upon imported gas and petrochemicals to fuel their economies.

“Bringing these gas resources to Trinidad & Tobago is one of the six points included in the Energy Chamber’s Six-Point plan for the future of the gas industry. As well as delivering much needed gas to the downstream industry, the work involved in drilling and installing infrastructure on new gas fields offers important opportunities for many members of the Energy Chamber,” highlighted the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago.

This is the second license for energy projects between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, issued by the United States. The first one, given in 2023 to Shell and NGC, is for Venezuela’s Dragon field, which will export gas to Trinidad.

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