BP Brings Cashima on Stream Offshore Trinidad

BP has started natural gas production from the Cashima field, offshore Trinidad. This start-up follows shortly after first gas production from the nearby Mango field on November 17, 2007.

The Cashima development comprises the Cashima field, discovered in 2001, and the North East Queens Beach field, discovered in 1975, both on the South East Galeota Block in water depths of some 270 feet (80 meters), 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 developed using a single unmanned platform with a capacity to produce from nine wells. Gas is exported through a new 11-mile 26-inch pipeline to the Amhertsia gas processing hub via the Flamboyant field.

Robert Riley, bpTT Chairman and CEO said: "Cashima is the third consecutive platform to be built in Trinidad and Tobago and demonstrates our commitment to develop and sustain our world class business for the long-term, and, at the same time create and sustain tangible opportunities for nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to participate in and by extension directly benefit from the energy sector."

As with Mango production, gas from Cashima will supply both Atlantic LNG's liquefaction plant for export as LNG to international markets and the domestic market. When fully operating, the field will provide some 750 million standard cubic feet a day of gas deliverability plus associated condensate production.

The Cashima platform is the third to be built to the same standardized design as the Cannonball platform, the first offshore platform to be designed in Trinidad. The platform was built simultaneously with the Mango platform and was installed on field in February 2007.

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.

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 licenses 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.