Energy Minister Stuart Young has called on companies to move quickly to grow production saying for this country to benefit from improved energy prices, oil and gas output need to increase.
Speaking yesterday at a conference held by the Geological Society of T&T (GSTT), Young argued the best chance for immediate growth in oil production resides with state-owned Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd, the country’s largest oil producer and the largest holder of onshore acreage.
The Energy Minister said the company has exploration and production rights onshore, primarily located in the Southern Basin, and in its offshore acreage in the West Coast Marine Area.
The Minister revealed that American outfit EOG Resources, which has a 65 per cent interest in a Block with Heritage, and is the operator, has spudded an exploration well and is expected to complete drilling in one month.
The farm-in area comprises of 14,870 hectares over the wider Trinidad northern area E&P Licence comprising approximately 97,000 hectares.
“The first exploration well was spud on June 10, 2022 and drilling is projected to be completed in 30 days. We are looking forward to good results and increased oil production from this venture,” Young told the conference.
With respect to its onshore acreage, he detailed that Heritage has been focusing on securing a joint venture partner for its North West District which is located within the western segment of the Southern Basin geologic province.
Young noted that the North West District is covered by a 3D seismic survey of approximately 287 sq. km, which is currently being reprocessed.
In the interim, the process for engaging a joint-venture partner has been deferred pending the completion of the reprocessing exercise, the minister said.
With respect to natural gas production, Young told the conference this received a major boost with the start-up of BPTT’s Matapal, Shell’s Barracuda and BHP Ruby-Delaware in 2021.
He added that the momentum continued into 2022 with BPTT’s Cassia C Development and Shell’s 8 Colibri project, both of which the Rowley administration negotiated in 2018/ 2019.
Shell’s Country Manager Eugine Okpere told the conference the success of Colibri and Barracuda means for the first time since 2016 Shell is producing more than 850 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.
Young said that over the next five years there are projects with gas reserves of 3.0 tcf which are earmarked for sanctioning.
He said government is pursuing an ambitious bid-round programme that commenced with the deep-water bid-round in June and continued with the onshore yesterday.
The shallow-water bid round is currently being finalised and its intended launched before the end of the year, Young told the conference.