The recent start of natural gas production from a field offshore Trinidad was the latest milestone within the industry in the Caribbean. In late October, BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) started production from the Savonette field, which is located in 88 m of water approximately 80.5 km off Trinidad’s southeast coast.
The event underlined the strength of bpTT in the region as the company accounts for approximately 55% of Trinidad and Tobago’s hydrocarbon production and 11% of BP’s oil and gas production worldwide. Production from Savonette is expected to average 17 million m3 of gas per day, plus associated condensate, from four wells. Platform production is tied into bpTT’s Mahogany B platform, via a 66 cm diameter, 8.5 km subsea pipeline, where the gas is processed and then exported into bpTT’s existing infrastructure. Gas from Savonette will supply Atlantic LNG’s liquefaction plant for export as LNG to local and international markets. The new field means bpTT now has production from 12 offshore platforms.
The Savonette platform, installed in February 2009, is the fourth in a series of normally unmanned installations designed and constructed locally in Trinidad using a standardized “clone” concept. The 1898 tonne jacket and the 871 tonne topsides were built at the Trinidad Offshore Fabricators (TOFCO) yard in La Brea, south Trinidad. The Savonette platform has high Trinidadian local content with some 30% of its total engineering, procurement and construction value being spent in the country. Another leading player in the Caribbean is Neal & Massy Wood Group Ltd., a joint venture between Wood Group Trinidad & Tobago Ltd. and Neal &Massy Energy Ltd., of Trinidad. It provides engineering, construction support, maintenance and modification services, and supply chain services to the energy industries in Trinidad and the wider Caribbean.
These services include support to high-speed rotating equipment such as generators, compressors, pumps and other turbomachinery. Its more significant projects include the maintenance and minor modifications for all 14 of BP’s facilities in Trinidad, as well as the maintenance and rotating equipment support to Methanex Trinidad Ltd.’s Atlas and Titan plants. However, commenting on the state ofthe oil and gas industry and power generationsector in the Caribbean, the company said these sectors are going through some tough times with the reduced commodityprices for LNG, methanol and ammonia. The customers’ focuses are on cost optimization, building higher reliabilityand minimizing capital expenditure, the company said.
Given the world-class scale of the plants in Trinidad, uptime is a priority with minutes of trips costing significant revenue disruption not only to the plants but also to the island’s economy, it added.