BP supplies first gas from Matapal project off Trinidad

Energy major and LNG player BP said its Matapal project offshore Trinidad and Tobago has achieved first gas, ahead of schedule and under budget.

Matapal represents the second subsea development for BP’s unit in Trinidad and Tobago.

Also, the development comprises three wells, which tie back into the existing Juniper platform, helping minimize development costs and the associated carbon footprint, according to BP.

It is located about 80km off the south-east coast of Trinidad and some 8km east of Juniper, in a water depth of 163 meters.

Initially, BP expects Matapal to deliver 250-350 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) into the Trinidad gas market from resources discovered by the Savannah exploration well drilled in 2017.

BP said it would pool gas supplies from this project with production from its other fields in Trinidad. All of these supplies would provide feedstock for the country’s ammonia, methanol and LNG plants, as well as for power generation, the firm said.

Trinidad’s Point Fortin LNG export facility, operated by Atlantic LNG, features four trains with a total capacity of about 15 million tonnes per annum.

Shell and BP have the biggest stakes in Atlantic LNG trains, followed by NGC and Chinese Investment Corporation (CIC).

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