Shell announces first gas off Trinidad and Tobago
Anglo-Dutch major Shell said July 22 gas production had started at its Project Barracuda in Trinidad and Tobago, an achievement made less than two years after its final investment decision.
Through a subsidiary, the company said it reached first gas from a project where peak production is expected at 220mn ft3/day. The gas is slated for both domestic and international markets, from the Atlantic LNG company of Trinidad & Tobago.
“This is a key growth opportunity that supports our long-term strategy in the country as well as our global LNG growth ambitions,” said Maarten Wetselaar, director of integrated gas, renewables and energy solutions.
Construction at the Atlanta LNG facility began in 1996 and the first train came on stream three years later.
Shell’s project, formally Block 5C, is among the largest operations for Shell in the region since it acquired BG Group in 2016. And with drilling depths of 20,000 feet, it also the deepest.
The company said more gas should come online next year from a four-well development project dubbed Colibri, which is part of a joint venture with Heritage Petroleum.
Shell made its final investment decision for Project Barracuda in January 2020.