BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) has announced that the new Juniper offshore platform has started its journey towards the south-east coast of Trinidad where it will be installed and operated.

This platform will be bpTT’s 14th offshore installation.

One of the largest start-up projects of BP this year, the Juniper project carries an investment of around $2bn in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T). 

bpTT regional president Norman Christie said: “A little over two years ago, the Juniper project was sanctioned and, at that time, it represented a significant milestone as an important part of the future of bpTT.

“We are pleased to see the project progress even further and closer to start up with the sail away of the jacket and topsides. This is a fantastic achievement by the project team and is a very visible sign of our commitment to maintaining a successful long-term business in T&T.”

The Juniper facility includes a platform made up of jacket, piles and topsides and corresponding infrastructure, which will be installed 50 miles offshore in 360ft feet of water as the sixth platform.

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Juniper will have a production capacity of approximately 590 million standard cubic feet a day (Mscfd) that will flow through the Mahogany B offshore hub.

Christie added: “The Juniper project is significant for both BP and T&T. At the peak of the project, there were over 750 workers on-site at TOFCO, 95% being Trinidadian and more than half from the surrounding La Brea community.

"The gas from Juniper will be the largest volume of gas brought into the country in several years."

“The gas from Juniper will be the largest volume of gas brought into the country in several years. I look forward to seeing this project starting up and bringing much needed natural gas that can help alleviate the supply and demand imbalance in T&T.”

The topsides of this project were developed at the Tofco fabrication yard in La Brea, Trinidad, and measure about 145ft tall to the top of the helideck and weigh nearly 5,100t.

The jacket and piles were manufactured at Gulf Marine Fabricators in Aransas Pass, Texas, and sailed to Trinidad in December 2016. The jacket measures 389ft in height and weighs approximately 5,200t.

The platform will be installed by Thialf, one of the largest deepwater construction vessels operated by Heerema Marine Contractors.

Image: New Juniper offshore platform sails to southeast coast of Trinidad. Photo: courtesy of BP.