Cannonball Platform Achieves First Gas

Cannonball, the first platform to be designed and constructed in Trinidad and Tobago, produced its first gas on Sunday March 12, 2006. BP Trinidad and Tobago's US$250 million facility is expected to be brought up to full production rates over the next few weeks when gas output will be about 800 mmscf/d (140 mboed), about 25 per cent of the company's overall production.

The Cannonball wells will be high rate gas producers, and will be among the most productive wells in BP's worldwide portfolio. Cannonball is located 35 kilometers off the coast of Galeota Point, Mayaro in water depths of 231 feet.

Robert Riley, Chief Executive Officer of BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) said of Cannonball: "This is a project of many firsts, for BP bpTT. Cannonball has built a legacy of sustainability through the creation of distinct indigenous businesses in two sectors in Trinidad and Tobago – platform design and engineering, and fabrication. It also demonstrates our capacity to deliver a major project from start to finish here in Trinidad and Tobago.

"I congratulate all the men and women who have worked over the past four years to bring this project to fruition."

Cannonball is one of the world's highest gas rate unmanned platforms – designed for quarterly maintenance visits, allowing for reduced cost, greater efficiency and improves platform safety.

The Cannonball project's local content goal has paved the way for a new local industry. The platform was constructed at the Labidco fabrication yard in La Brea. Forty per cent of the workforce came from the La Brea area.

Cannonball is the first offshore platform to be designed and constructed in Trinidad and Tobago. Over 40 nationals were trained in various disciplines during the design and construction stages. The local labour force contributed to 85 percent of the total fabrication hours.

The platform design allows for a "cookie cutter" standardized approach to platform design, which will make the construction of future platforms more cost effective in the long term.

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