Juniper platform sets sail for offshore Trinidad and Tobago
The platform for the BP Trinidad and Tobago-operated Juniper gas project is on its way for installation 50 mi (80 km) offshore.
The Juniper project comprises a platform made up of jacket, piles, and topsides, and correspondingsubsea infrastructure which will be installed in 360 ft (110 m) of water. The Juniper facility will take gas from the Corallita and Lantana fields.
As bpTT’s first subsea field development, Juniper will have a production capacity of about 590 MMcf/d, which will be sent to the Mahogany B hub via a new 10-km (6.2-mi) flowline.
This is the sixth platform that bpTT has fabricated in Trinidad and Tobago. The topsides were fabricated at the TOFCO fabrication yard in La Brea, Trinidad, and measure 145 ft (44.2 m) tall to the top of the helideck and weigh about 5,100 short tons. The jacket and piles, fabricated at Gulf Marine Fabricators in Aransas Pass, Texas, sailed to Trinidad in December 2016. The jacket measures 389 ft (119 m) tall and weighs roughly 5,200 short tons.
The platform installation is being handled by theThialf, the largest deepwater construction vessel operated by Heerema Marine Contractors.
TheDiamond Ocean Victory semisubmersible rig began drilling the five subsea wells in May 2015. First gas is expected this year.
The Juniper project is a $2-billion investment in Trinidad and Tobago and one of BP’s largest start-up projects in 2017.
Norman Christie, bpTT regional president, said: “The Juniper project is significant for both BP and T&T. At the peak of the project, there were over 750 workers on-site at TOFCO -- 95% being Trinidadian and more than half from the surrounding La Brea community.
“The gas from Juniper will be the largest volume of gas brought into the country in several years. I look forward to seeing this project starting up and bringing much needed natural gas that can help alleviate the supply and demand imbalance in T&T.”