BP's Cannonball Project Near Completion After Pipeline Problems

UK oil company BP's (NYSE: BP) Trinidad & Tobago subsidiary BPTT is "nearing completion" of its offshore Cannonball gas project after drilling the first three wells and commissioning the platform and topsides, a BPTT spokesperson told BNamericas in an email.

The startup date for the Cannonball project had been scheduled for the fourth quarter last year but was delayed due to problems with construction of the pipeline stretching between Cannonball and the Cassia processing hub on the mainland, the spokesperson said.

BPTT discovered several small indentations in a 600ft section of the pipeline last November. After evaluating the pipeline, a specialist contractor began cutting out and replacing the damaged sections of the line in mid-December.

"We are now in the process of commissioning the pipeline and are moving to get gas flowing as soon as possible. Once the pipeline is operational, we expect to bring the field into supply gradually over a period of about a month," the spokesperson said.

"The expectation is that the wells will be high-rate gas producers and some of the biggest wells in BP's portfolio worldwide," the spokesperson said.

The project is designed to produce some 800 million cubic feet of gas a day (Mf3/d) of gas, according to a previous BNamericas report.

Gas from Cannonball will assist in meeting BPTT's gas supply commitments to Atlantic LNG's train 4. BPTT will be the largest supplier of gas to the train with a gas entitlement of about 300Mf3/d.

Train 4 began liquefaction on December 16 and has a capacity of some 5.2 million tons of LNG a year, requiring about 800Mf3/d of gas supplies.

BP has a 37.78% stake in train 4 with other partners British Gas (28.89%), Spain's Repsol YPF (22.22%) and the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (11.11%).

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