The Joe Douglas Jack Up rig has returned to Trinidad and Tobago for bp Trinidad and Tobago’s (bpTT) new round of drilling next month.
According to bp, the drilling rig arrived in Trinidad on 30 August 2022 at Chaguaramas, headed to its Mango drilling site – situated approximately 48 kilometers off the Galeota Point on Trinidad’s southeast coast.
The drilling programme – including both development and exploration drilling – is said to be a key part of bpTT’s plan to find and develop more small pools of resources within the Columbus Basin. The first phase of the drilling programme will involve development drilling of three wells in the Mango field and one well in the Savonette field.
“If this drilling phase is successful, these gas resources will be processed through the existing Mango and Savonette production platforms and could add production in late 2022/early 2023,” bpTT stated.
The second phase of the drilling program, it said, includes the potential for three additional wells in the Angelin field; this phase is currently progressing through the sanction process.
“We are excited to welcome back the Joe Douglas drilling rig to bpTT. This rig signals the resumption of our small pools (infill) drilling programme. This drilling programme is aimed at getting after smaller pools of resources in the Columbus Basin. These smaller pools are close to our existing infrastructure which means we can bring gas online quickly – this will help deliver the secure, affordable, and lower carbon energy that the world needs,” Claire Fitzpatrick, bpTT’s Regional President stated.
In 2016 the rig had joined the bpTT rig fleet at the Amherstia facility.
With 16 offshore production platforms, bp is deemed TT’s largest hydrocarbon producer, accounting for more than half of the nation’s gas production.