BHP has reported that Phase 3 of its deepwater drilling campaign in Trinidad and Tobago has been successfully completed with additional exploration successes confirmed.

According to the latest BHP Operational Review, the company reported that it has encountered gas in the three wells drilled during this phase of its exploration campaign. The Bélé-1 and Tuk-1 wells were drilled in block 23(a) during March and April 2019 in water depths around 2,000 meters. The Hi-Hat-1 well was drilled in nearby block 14 during May and June 2019, in water depths of close to 1,800 meters.

These three discoveries, east of Tobago, have established additional gas volumes around the Bongos discovery and BHP will continue their evaluation. The report also says that technical work is underway to assess further exploration targets and commercial options in what BHP is now calling the “Northern Gas play”.

BHP holds 70% equity in block 23(a) and block 14, with bp holding a 30% non-operator share in the blocks.

In addition the company reports that study work continues on the shallow water Ruby project in Trinidad and Tobago with an investment decision expected during the September 2019 quarter.