BP Trinidad and Tobago (BPTT), this country’s largest gas producer, says it is working on mitigating and slowing the rate of the gas production decline it forecast earlier this year.
In May this year, BPTT announced that it experienced ‘disappointing’ results from its infill drilling programme, which would impact its forecast gas production in 2020 and 2021 and pose challenges to supplying gas to Atlantic LNG Train 1 after 2019.
The company said it no longer had 200-300 mmscf/d of gas to supply to Train 1.
On Monday, BPTT president Claire Fitzpatrick introduced the media to a number of new technologies the company has deployed to not only boost exploration but to increase gas production.
The “technology open house” was held at BPTT’s head office in Port of Spain.
Some of the technologies on display at the open house were applications to improve seismic acquisition and interpretation, digital twinning of facilities which improves production management by simulating different scenarios and conditions and ceramic screens which help with sand management and improves access to smaller and more challenging fields.
BPTT said is already beginning to see the benefits from its use of these technologies.
The company last week announced success at its Ginger exploration well.
Ginger is part of an exploration programme which is based on new approaches to seismic acquisition and interpretation that has improved the energy company’s understanding of the subsurface.
Asked whether the forecast decline in gas production is still expected, as BPTT forecasted earlier this year, Fitzpatrick noted: “A lot of what the optimisation work and a lot of the other things we are doing is around how we mitigate and slow the rate of that decline (in gas production).
“You will also remember when we said we had the disappointing infill drilling programme, we were talking about 200 to 300 mm¬scf/d that we had hoped we were going to have, that we now don’t have. All this work helps in that space. It’s not going to close that gap in the near term.”
She added: “Our next major projects that we start to bring in are Cassia Compression which comes in at 2022, Matapal which comes in 2022, the Cypre project which comes in at the end of 2022 into 2023, subject to successful FID (final investment decision) next year. All of those things will help mitigate what our decline rates are. But as we also said, because we didn’t have the gas from those wells, we were not able to make any contractual commitments to supply those volumes into Train 1.”
In terms of the future of Train 1, Fitzpatrick said shareholders are continuing their discussions around that issue.
“It’s a difficult and challenging decision on funding maintenance activities without knowing how you are going to recover that investment,” she pointed out.
“But all parties have a desire to keep Train 1 up for many reasons, particularly around operational flexibility and if you have an unplanned outage in one of the other plants, having the capacity to swing gas means that we are helping keep the production levels up, from a country perspective as well as the individual companies,” she stated.
“The way forward for Train 1 is that we are still working in terms of our declines. A lot of the work we are doing here is around making sure that we can maximise the production,” Fitzpatrick added.