Shell Trinidad and Tobago, a subsidiary of British energy major Shell, has taken the final investment decision (FID) on the Manatee gas field. 

It is located in the ECMA of Trinidad and Tobago.  

As the operator with a 100% working interest under the sub-Block 6D Production Sharing Contract, Shell aims to enhance its Integrated Gas business through this initiative. 

Discovered in 1983, the Loran-Manatee field has been appraised with four wells.  

The Manatee portion lies within Trinidad and Tobago’s waters, while Loran is situated in Venezuelan waters.  

Shell’s ECMA fields including Dolphin, Starfish, Bounty and Endeavour are among the most productive in Trinidad and Tobago. 

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The development plan for Manatee involves a normally unattended installation platform in the ECMA, connected by a 110km, 32in pipeline to the onshore Beachfield gas processing facility.  

This infrastructure will facilitate gas exports to the Atlantic liquified natural gas (LNG) facility and supply the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago for domestic use. 

The production of Manatee is scheduled to commence in 2027.  

Upon becoming operational, Manatee is expected to achieve a maximum production level of around 104,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, or 604 million standard cubic feet per day. 

Shell integrated gas and upstream director Zoë Yujnovich said: “This project will help meet the increasing demand for natural gas globally while also addressing the energy needs of our customers domestically in Trinidad and Tobago.  

“The investment bolsters our world-leading LNG portfolio in line with our commitment to invest in competitive projects that deliver more value with less emissions.” 

Separately, Shell has engaged Wood for a six-year contract to deliver brownfield engineering, procurement and construction management solutions at its Prelude floating LNG facility in Western Australia.