$50m maintenance work completed
bpTT’s Cassia B offshore gas facility...
OIL and gas company BP Trinidad and Tobago has safely completed maintenance work costing $50 million on its Cassia B offshore gas facility.
The company said in a statement yesterday the project was completed 50 per cent ahead of its planned schedule.
Two-thirds of bpTT’s daily gas production is delivered through the Cassia facility which has operated 34.5 miles off the Southeast cost of Trinidad for the past ten years.
Cassia B is one of bpTT’s 13 offshore platforms. It is a manned facility and is designed to handle up to two billion standard cubic feet of gas per day.
The Cassia work programme began on September 3.
“The project was completed 50 per cent ahead of schedule and included only ten days of material impact on bpTT’s gas supply. Early completion of the turnaround was due to many factors including, simultaneous activity on the turnaround scope made possible by the early completion of the bypass work in the first ten days of the project, no coating repairs being required for the vessels following inspections and good weather during the period,” bpTT said.
During that period bpTT conducted modifications to the facility to allow gas from its other offshore installations to by-pass the Cassia hub. These modifications significantly reduced the production impact for the remainder of the planned maintenance activity, it said.
“Over 30,000 manhours were spent planning the $50 million activity which included a turnaround and employed over 120 nationals,” bpTT said.
Turnarounds, also known as TARs, are regularly scheduled maintenance activity for hydrocarbon processing facilities.
To minimise the market impact, bpTT said it worked with the government and key stakeholders to align the Cassia programme with Atlantic’s TAR on Train 3 and the planned maintenance work of the downstream operators.
“This alignment of upstream, midstream and downstream activity resulted in minimal impact to the market due to the reduced gas demand over the period,” the statement added.
“The Cassia turnaround and work programme were of critical importance to our country and company,” said bpTT president Norman Christie. “We are proud that our team was able to safely complete the work ahead of schedule with minimal disruption to gas supply.”