Touchstone advances Cascadura construction and Royston-1X testing

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Touchstone Exploration Inc. has shared updates on the construction of the Cascadura facility and the ongoing Royston-1X production testing. These are the company’s key projects on the Ortoire block, located onshore in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

In the Cascadura field, where Touchstone holds an 80% operating working interest (with Heritage Petroleum Company Limited owning the remaining 20%), significant strides have been made. The removal of the Cascadura-1ST1 and Cascadura Deep-1 downhole safety plugs on July 8 and 9, 2023, respectively, has paved the way for the facility’s operation under conditions of approximately 600 to 750 pounds per square inch. Current wellhead pressures stand at around 4,100 pounds per square inch. 

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After conducting a thorough operational preparedness inspection on July 20, 2023, with the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI), Touchstone implemented minor adjustments to optimise the facility’s performance and operational protocols. The facility was announced to be mechanically complete as of July 30, 2023. Pressure testing of the facility with inert nitrogen gas has since been initiated and is now 70% complete. 

The Company is currently finalising electrical and instrumentation connections needed to link the Cascadura facility to the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago pipeline tie-in point. A final MEEI inspection is also on the schedule this week, to precede the introduction of initial natural gas into the system.

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In parallel to the developments at Cascadura, production testing at Royston-1X, another key asset in which Touchstone holds an 80% working interest, is continuing as planned. Updates on the testing outcomes will be shared with the market as they become available.

Paul Baay, President and Chief Executive Officer of Touchstone, said, “Touchstone is working diligently to complete the commissioning of the facility and we are eager to commence first production. We continually strive to meet or exceed all industry regulations and guidelines and our adherence to the highest health and safety standards will continue to guide us through the completion of the facility.”

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