BP Brings Cashima on Stream off Trinidad
BP today announced that natural gas production from the Cashima field, offshore Trinidad, started on December 15, 2007. This followed the first gas production from the nearby Mango field on November 17.
The Cashima development comprises the Cashima field, discovered in 2001, and the North East Queens Beach field, discovered in 1975, both in water depths of some 270 feet (80 metres) on the South East Galeota Block, approximately 45 miles east of Galeota Point. BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) holds a 100 per cent interest in the development.
The fields have been efficiently developed using a single unmanned platform of the same standardised design first used for the Cannonball field and then the Mango field. Cashima has a capacity to produce from nine wells with gas exported through a new 11-mile 26-inch pipeline to the Amherstia gas processing hub.
Andy Inglis, BP’s Chief Executive of Exploration & Production, said: “Cashima is another important step forward in building upstream production growth, following the successful start-up of Mango last month.”
Cashima has a total gas production capacity of 750 million standard cubic feet a day with actual production levels determined by capacity at Atlantic LNG’s four LNG production trains and domestic demand.
The 1200 tonne Cashima jacket and the 920 tonne topsides were built at the Trinidad Offshore Fabricators (TOFCO) yard in La Brea, south Trinidad. TOFCO is a joint venture between Chet Morrison Contractors of the US and Trinidadian company Weldfab. The platform was built simultaneously with the Mango platform and was installed on field in February 2007.
Note to editors:
* Cashima platform design and construction had high Trinidadian local content with some 25 per cent of its total engineering, procurement and construction value being spent in country and with T&T nationals being responsible for 65 per cent of the project management hours and 85 per cent of total fabrication hours.
* bpTT holds exploration and production licences covering 904,000 acres in marine areas off Trinidad and Tobago’s east coast. The company’s combined oil and gas production averaged 430,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2006.
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