BP doubles gas estimate at Savonette field off Trinidad and Tobago

BP PLC has discovered an estimated 1 tcf of natural gas offshore Trinidad and Tobago, doubling to 2 tcf the estimated gas in place in its Savonette gas field.

BP made the announcement following the drilling of the Savonette-4 appraisal well, which was spudded into an untested fault block east of the original Savonette field discovery in the Columbus basin 80 km off southeastern Trinidad. The Savonette-4 appraisal well was drilled in 300 ft of water.

BP said the well was drilled to a total depth of 18,678 ft and penetrated hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs in two intervals with discovered gas in place exceeding initial estimates.

Savonette field was discovered in 2004 by the Chachalaca exploration well and began production in 2009 through a normally unmanned platform. The company said based on the success of the Savonette-4 well it is proposing to drill a further two development wells into the Savonette reservoirs.

The discovered gas began production in October 2012, with the Savonette-4 well currently flowing at 225 MMscfd, ramping up to 250 MMscfd. If successful, the two additional development wells are also expected to be brought into production over the next 12-18 months.

BP has a 100% working interest in Savonette-4.

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