Trinidad sources feed-gas for Atlantic LNG from Venezuela

Monday, 01 October 2018
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Trinidad and Tobago is increasing sources of feed-gas for the Atlantic LNG plant at Point Fortin on Trinidad. To that end, the government of Trinidad and Tobago has signed an agreement with Venezuela to purchase 0.15 Bcf/d of natural gas from Venezuela’s offshore Dragon field. 

ALNG project stakeholders also identified several new domestic fields to shore up LNG production. Production and liquefaction activity has declined in recent years due to feed-gas shortages from maturing offshore fields.

Trying to stock up supplies, BP in 2017 started production from the Juniper field, which will supply 0.59 Bcf/d in feed gas and sanctioned the development of the Angelin field for 0.6 Bcf/d, where production is expected to start in 2019.

“BP has also commissioned the Trinidad onshore compression project (0.2 Bcf/d) to increase feedstock supply to the facility,” said the EIA report. “Additional offshore fields that could provide natural gas feedstock for the project were also discovered, including BHP Billiton’s LeClerc field containing 4 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) to 5 Tcf of reserves and BP’s blocks near Juniper and Cashima fields containing 2 Tcf of reserves.

ALNG has four liquefaction Trains and last year exported 10.19 million tonnes of LNG, down from 10.46 million the previous year, from combined plant capacity of 2 Bcf/d. It began LNG production in 1999 and was the first LNG facility built in the Atlantic Basin. Project stakeholders had considered adding one new Train, but were unable to identify a sufficiently large natural gas resource base to support the plan.

Most of ALNG’s exports are shipped to South America, Europe and the United States, primarily to Everett import terminal near Boston, Massachusetts, to meet seasonal winter peak demand in New England.

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