PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- BP Trinidad and Tobago announced the start of gas production at the Savonette offshore field with an expected production rate of 600 million cubic feet per day.
The Savonette field is located roughly 50 miles off the southeast coast of the island of Trinidad in 290 feet of water. Production is tied to an existing platform and connects to onshore infrastructure through a 5.3-mile underwater pipeline.
Natural gas from the field goes to onshore plants for the production of liquefied natural gas to supply international and domestic markets.
BP said production from the offshore well would go toward meeting a planned production level of more than 450,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
The company noted that roughly 30 percent of the procurement and production value is spent domestically. Citizens from Trinidad and Tobago supply more than half of the management and nearly all of the total man-hours of work.
The U.S. Energy Information Agency notes natural gas production in Trinidad and Tobago reached 1.3 trillion cubic feet in 2006.