BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT), a subsidiary of BP (UK), revealed on September 20 that it had begun extracting natural gas from the Matapal field offshore Trinidad and Tobago.
In a statement, bpTT said it had succeeded in bringing Matapal on stream seven months ahead of schedule, despite the challenges posed by the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The field is now ramping up to its initial production rate of 250-350mn cubic feet (7.08-9.91mn cubic metres) per day of gas, it reported.
The company will be delivering gas from Matapal to the domestic market, the statement noted. “Gas from this project will be pooled with production from other [bpTT] fields to be used as feedstock for the country’s ammonia, methanol and LNG plants, as well as for power generation,” it said.
Presumably some of the gas from the new site will be delivered to the Atlantic LNG plant. The BP subsidiary has a stake in each of the facility’s four production trains and is currently the largest supplier of gas to the plant. It has been seeking additional supplies of gas for the facility since 2019.
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