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BHP begins producing oil from Trinidad and Tobago project

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BHP has announced first oil production from the Ruby Project offshore Trinidad and Tobago.

Ruby is located in the shallow water in Block 3(a) within the Greater Angostura Field. The development consists of both oil and gas production from the Ruby and Delaware reservoirs via five production wells and one gas injector well tied back into existing operated processing facilities.

The Ruby project closely aligns with BHP’s Petroleum strategy of advancing high return growth opportunities tied back to established infrastructure. At completion, Ruby is expected to have the capacity to produce up to 16 000 gross bpd of oil and 80 million gross standard ft3/d of natural gas.

BHP President Petroleum, Geraldine Slattery said: “The start-up of Ruby represents continued development of BHP’s oil and gas production facilities in Trinidad and Tobago, re-enforces the quality of the resource and its investment competitiveness. An Ocean Bottom Node (OBN) seismic survey acquired by BHP and the Block 3(a) partners in 2018, was utilised to illuminate and optimally position the Ruby Project development wells. This marks a significant milestone for our Petroleum business and our future in Trinidad and Tobago.”

BHP Country Manager of Trinidad and Tobago, Michael Stone said: “Achieving first oil safely and ahead of schedule reflects the true tenacity of the Ruby project team together with our industry and Government partners who persevered to deliver this project amid a global pandemic. This important milestone also highlights BHP’s continued commitment to doing business in Trinidad and Tobago as we celebrate 25 years of operations here this year.”

Drilling and completions activities at Ruby are ongoing, with subsequent wells to be placed into production in 2Q21 and 3Q21 and project completion expected in 3Q21.

The Ruby development is a joint venture between BHP (operator; 68.46% interest) and The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (31.54% interest).

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