Shell supplies first gas from Barracuda project off Trinidad

LNG giant Shell said it has launched production on Block 5C, known as the Barracuda project, offshore Trinidad and Tobago.

The project located in the East Coast Marine Area (ECMA) will deliver gas for domestic purposes and to the Atlantic LNG plant in Point Fortin where Shell has stakes in each of the four trains.

Barracuda is a backfill project with about 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day or 140 mmscf/d of sustained near-term gas production, Shell said on Thursday.

In addition, the project’s peak production would reach about 40,000 boe/d or 220 mmscf/d.

The project comprises two subsea wells, one in the Endeavour field and the other in the Bounty field. Both are tied back to Shell’s Dolphin platform.

According to Shell, these are two of the deepest development wells in Trinidad and Tobago with a depth of 6,096 meters and 4,877 meters.

Moreover, this project marks Shell’s first greenfield project in the country and one of its largest in Trinidad and Tobago since the BG Group acquisition.

Also, Shell now looks to deliver the four-well development project in Block 22 and NCMA 4, known as the Colibri project. This is a joint venture with Heritage Petroleum.

The firm expects first gas from Colibri in 2022.

“Today’s announcement strengthens the resilience and competitiveness of Shell’s position in Trinidad and Tobago,” said Maarten Wetselaar, director of integrated gas, renewable and energy solutions.

“This is a key growth opportunity that supports our long-term strategy in the country as well as our global LNG growth ambitions,” he said.

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