Angelin will be BP’s next major project in Trinidad and Tobago, following on from Juniper. Although Angelin has not yet been officially sanctioned, BP has begun submitting documents to the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) in Trinidad outlining the project development.
The Angelin project is expected to produce natural gas at a rate of up to 600 mmscf/d, and no less than 1,000 barrels per day of condensate. First gas is projected for 2019.
According to documents submitted to the EMA, the development will consist of the construction and installation of the new Angelin platform which will be an unmanned installation. It will also include drilling of four dry tree development wells and the installation of a new 25km, 26” subsea pipeline from the platform to the Serrette facility. Fluids will be exported to the Cassia B facility for processing, with processed gas and fluids then being transported to bpTT’s Beachfield facility via the existing pipeline network.
The proposed platform will be located approximately 40km off the east coast of Trinidad in 65m of water and located within the bpTT retained TSP block. It is anticipated that well depths will range from 2,500m to 4,000m. One well will produce from a single reservoir while the other three wells will produce from two reservoirs.
According to a news report in Upstream, BP has already shortlisted two companies for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract. The two companies tipped to be in the running are McDermott and Technip. Industry sources have indicated to Upstream that an award is imminent, and expected in March-April.
Both companies have previously worked in Trinidad with bpTT. Most recently, Technip was awarded a substantial EPCI contract for the development of the Juniper project while McDermott completed the front-end engineering and design for Angelin and also completed work on pipeline installation for the EOG/BP Sercan development.
Despite the substantial work that has been carried out to date, BP has still not formally taken a final investment decision on the Angelin development, largely due to their inability to conclude negotiations with the government and the National Gas Company. Speaking at the Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference in January 2017, Bernard Looney, Chief Executive, Upstream at BP, stated that they were continuing negotiations to reach an agreement which is beneficial to all sides of the partnership.
Also speaking at the Energy Conference, Norman Christie, Regional President of bpTT, reiterated that the country needed the Angelin gas by the beginning of 2019 and given the twoyear development time horizon, negotiations needed to be completed urgently so the project could move into full execution.