Gas production from Starfish began

12. December, 2014 News No comments

East Coast Marine Area (ECMA) is operated by BG Group subsidiaries on behalf of the joint venture with Chevron Trinidad & Tobago Resources SRL of which each hold 50% participating interest.

ECMA comprises the Dolphin gas field, located 83 km off the east coast of Trinidad in Block 6(b), which commenced production in 1996, and the Dolphin Deep gas field in the adjacent Block 5(a), which started up in 2006. Both Dolphin and Dolphin Deep are contracted to supply domestic gas to the National Gas Company (NGC) and LNG (liquefied natural gas) exports to BG Gas Marketing via Atlantic LNG Train 3 and Atlantic LNG Train 4.


Starfish field was discovered in 1998 and it straddles Block 5(a) and Block E and forms part of the ECMA. Main idea of the Starfish Development involved drilling of four subsea wells and a 10-km subsea tieback to the Dolphin platform (photo on thumbnail). This venture was sanctioned in 2012 and was due to be completed in this year’s third quarter but the rough seas of Trinidad’s Atlantic east coast delayed it. The field is expected to reach peak production of 200 MMscfd.

According to what partners in the Starfish natural gas project offshore Trinidad and Tobago said, production began at 6th of December.

Moreover, the BG Group said that the gas from Starfish will be processed, commingled with Dolphin field production, and delivered via existing subsea pipelines to shore to supply existing contractual commitments with Trinidad and Tobago’s NGC and producer Atlantic LNG. Trinidad and Tobago’s Energy Minister, Kevin Ramnarine said production from the field will help ease some of the tightness in the country’s natural gas market and reducing shutdowns in 2015. He added that Starfish is the first gas field to come online in Trinidad and Tobago in a while.


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