BG Turns On the Taps at Dolphin Deep Offshore Trinidad and Tobago

BG Group and its partner Chevron report the delivery of first gas from the Dolphin Deep development to the onshore processing facilities at Beachfield on the south east coast of Trinidad and Tobago.

The BG operated Dolphin Deep field is located approximately 83 kilometers off the east coast of Trinidad in the East Coast Marine Area (ECMA). Gas production from the two Dolphin Deep wells is expected to reach a maximum rate of 250 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) and will be delivered to Atlantic LNG (ALNG) in Port Fortin on the south west coast via two recently completed pipelines - the 95 kilometer (km) offshore Dolphin to Beachfield Pipeline, and the 76 km onshore Cross Island Pipeline (CIP).

Martin Houston, Executive Vice President North America, Caribbean and Global LNG, said:

"By bringing the Dolphin Deep field on stream, BG Group and its partner have completed the first sub-sea development in Trinidad and Tobago. Gas from this development will feed some of BG Group's supply rights in Atlantic LNG, which continues to be the leading supplier of LNG to the USA."

BG Group (50% partner with Chevron) operates the Dolphin, Dolphin Deep and Starfish fields in the ECMA. The Dolphin gas field commenced production in March 1996. It is contracted to supply up to 275 mmscfd of gas to the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC) under a 20 year supply contract. ECMA is scheduled to supply 80 mmscfd to ALNG Train 3 and 120 mmscfd to ALNG Train 4.

ALNG, in which BG Group is a shareholder, was established in 1995 to liquefy natural gas for export. The company operates the four LNG Trains in operation at Port Fortin. BG is a partner in all four trains - Train 1 (3.1mtpa capacity), 26% shareholder; Trains 2 and 3 (6.7mtpa combined capacity), 32.5% shareholder; and, Train 4 (5.2mtpa capacity), 28.89% shareholder.