BP is on a high note offshore Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) as the UK supermajor announced two significant gas discoveries, and the sanctioning of its Angelin natural gas project.
Image of a BP worker offshore Trinidad. Images from BP Flickr.
BP Trinidad & Tobago (bpTT) has unlocked about 2 Tcf at its 100% owned Savannah and Macadamia wildcat wells that the company says has underpinned new developments in these areas.
The Savannah exploration well was drilled into an untested fault block east of the Juniper field in more than 500ft water depth, approximately 80km off the southeast coast of Trinidad.
The well was drilled using a semisubmersible rig and penetrated hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs in two main intervals with approximately 650ft of net pay. Based on the success of the Savannah well, bpTT expects to develop these reservoirs via future tieback to the Juniper platform that is due to come online mid-2017.
The Macadamia wildcat was drilled to test exploration and appraisal segments below the existing SEQB discovery, which sits 10km south of the producing Cashima field.
The well penetrated hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs in seven intervals with approximately 600ft of net pay. Combined with the shallow SEQB gas reservoirs, the Macadamia discovery is expected to support a new platform within the post-2020 timeframe, says bpTT.
“This is exciting news for both bpTT and the industry, as these discoveries are the start of a rejuvenated exploration program on the Trinidad shelf,” says Norman Christie, regional president for bpTT. “We are starting to see the benefits of the significant investment we have made in seismic processing and Ocean Bottom Seismic acquisition. Savannah and Macadamia demonstrate that with the right technology we can continue to uncover the full potential of the Columbus Basin. This is a testament to bpTT’s ongoing commitment to the development of our Trinidad and Tobago operations and the wider industry, and we look forward to the future portfolio drill-out.”
The Savonette platform off T&T, one of bpTT's 14 production platforms.
bpTT also announced today (2 June) the sanctioning for the development of its Angelin gas project, off T&T.
Angelin will feature the construction of a new platform 60km off the southeast coast of Trinidad in about 65m water depth. Angelin will mark bpTT’s 15th offshore production facility.
The development will include four wells and will have a production capacity of some 600 MMcf/d. Gas from Angelin will flow to the Serrette platform hub via a new 21km pipeline.
Drilling is set to start in Q3 2018, with first gas from Angelin expected in Q1 2019.
“Successful completion of these negotiations was important not only to the sanction of Angelin but will also underpin a further US$5-$6 billion in potential future investments over the next five years,” says Christie. “These investments are important to increasing indigenous national gas production and bringing more stability to gas supply to the downstream and Atlantic.”
Angelin was originally discovered by the El Diablo well in 1995 and appraised by the La Novia well in 2006.
BP owns bpTT with 70% stake, along with partner Repsol (30%).
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