BG to Make First Train 3 Shipment

The UK's BG Group expects to make its first shipment of 137,000 cubic meters of gas from its Train 3 expansion at the Atlantic liquefied natural gas (ALNG) project in Trinidad & Tobago in the next few days, BG spokesperson Nicole McMahon told BNamericas.

"The first production from the facility was pumped to the storage tanks last week," McMahon said, adding that it will take a "couple of months" to reach full capacity of 3.4 million tons a year. Train 3 started operations about three months ahead of schedule, and increases output capacity from the Point Fortin facility to about 10 million tons a year (mt/y).

BG's gas fields, located off the east and north coasts of Trinidad, provide 50% of supplies into Train 2 and 25% of supplies for Train 3. Trains 2 and 3 each have production capacity of 3.4mt/y. LNG production from BG capacity in Trains 2 and 3 will be sold to El Paso Merchant Energy under a long-term contract to import into the Elba Island receiving terminal in Georgia. Meanwhile, ALNG is continuing discussions with Trinidad & Tobago's new government about a proposed fourth train, scheduled to start operations in 2006, McMahon said. Train 4 would produce 5.5mt/y, though LNG sales contracts will not be signed until the government approves the project.

Equity members in Atlantic LNG Trains 2 and 3 are BG Group (32.5%), UK's BP (42.5%) and Spain's Repsol (25%). Equity shareholders in Train 1, which began production in April 1999, are BG Group (26%), BP (34%), Spain's Repsol (20%), Belgium's Tractebel (10%) and Trinidad's National Gas Company (10%). Production is exported to markets in the USA, Puerto Rico and Spain.

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