BP & Repsol Cassia Compression brownfield development project expected to reach FID by end of 2018 as Fluor have completed feed activities in 2017.
Last year, Texas-based EPC corporation Fluor announced that it was selected by BPTT (British Petroleum Trinidad & Tobago) and Spanish partner Repsol for the FEED of their joint-venture – the Cassia Compression Project, located off the east coast of Trinidad. These activities, confirmed in the first-quarter of the year, were completed by the end of 2017 for a new offshore gas compression platform. The Cassia Compression Project is one of six new projects that BP are likely to reach FID this year, and first gas is anticipated for 2020.
Included in Fluor’s scope were designs of new brownfield modifications to the hub, a new offshore gas compression platform, which will compress gas produced from the existing Cassia platforms, and a new connecting bridge. They aim to “deliver advanced technology through project execution and the development of a digital twin [of the complete Gemini XD system]” by using the PLM (Project Lifecycle Management) module for the new digital platform. The advantages of using this model include improving the design through participation from the fabrication and maintenance teams. The Texan company already currently supply maintenance and asset integrity services to BP for their offshore assets in the region. The focus now is to deliver a “capital-efficient” solution by “maximising on local content”, assures a spokesperson from the contractor.
Also awarded last year was the EPCIC (engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning) of Cassia compression project contract, which was won by McDermott, who will install the project pipeline and platform with their DLV 2000 vessel at the Angelin facility. According to McDermott, their Houston team will be leading the engineering and execution in Chennai, India, from the company’s engineering centre.
Located 40 miles off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago, the Cassia C Compression Platform project will be the third in the complex, providing compression to the gas received from operations in the Columbus basin via a new bridge to the existing Cassia B platform. This facility will help to maintain production rates from the hub to the onshore Atlantic LNG terminal. Currently, BP operate a total of 13 offshore platforms and 2 onshore processing facilities in the region, and the developments of their Cassia array is considered to be one of their main up and coming upstream projects.
With the market developing significantly in the Caribbean, candidates with offshore gas and Trinidad & Tobago experience will be highly sought after to fill positions on this project, so please ensure that you send us your up-to-date CV to be considered!