BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) has brought the Trinidad onshore compression (TROC) project online after getting the go-ahead in July 2016.
BP said in a statement that full start-up will take place over the next few months. When fully onstream, the onshore compression facility will have the potential to deliver 200 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.
The project was sanctioned in July 2016 following agreements between Atlantic shareholders, the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago and other directly impacted upstream operators.
Bernard Looney, chief executive of BP’s upstream business, said: “Delivered on-time and on-budget, this major infrastructure project is part of BP’s plan to bring 500,000 barrels a day of new production capacity online by the end of 2017 and paves the way for Juniper, our other major project start-up in Trinidad and Tobago this year.”
The facility is expected to improve production capacity by increasing production from low-pressure wells in bpTT’s existing acreage in the Columbus Basin using an additional inlet compressor at the Point Fortin Atlantic LNG plant.
BP Trinidad and Tobago regional president Norman Christie commented: “The TROC project is a clear example of bpTT, the government and many key players in the oil and gas industry cooperating to improve production capacity, which will benefit both the petrochemical plants and Atlantic. Though start-up will be phased, we anticipate an improvement in gas production in 2017 as a result of TROC and the planned start-up of Juniper later this year.”
First gas from the Juniper facility is expected in 2017 and it will flow to the Mahogany B hub via a new 10 kilometre in-field flowline which was installed in 2016.
The plant is 100 per cent funded and owned by bpTT. Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad and Tobago will serve as the operator.