BP plc reported it has achieved first gas from its offshore Cassia C development, its latest milestone in the effort to sustain natural gas flows and LNG cargoes from Trinidad and Tobago.

BP Juniper offshore platform

The firm disclosed Tuesday it had transported ashore its first gas volumes from its latest development in the Greater Cassia area more than a year after commissioning began. BP estimates the Cassia C discovery to have a peak production of around 200-300 MMcf/d.

Cassia C is both BP’s first offshore compression platform used in its Trinidad and Tobago acreage and its largest facility in the area. The platform is connected to the existing Cassia hub around 35 miles off Trinidad’s southeast coast.

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BP Trinidad and Tobago President David Campbell said the new facility and the use of compression technology “will allow us to unlock new resources and bring much-needed gas to market.”

BP operates 16 offshore facilities and two onshore processing plants around Trinidad and Tobago and holds rights to around 680,000 acres offshore the islands.

The Cassia C project was a step in BP’s development plan for Trinidad and Tobago, which included more development in its existing licensed marine acreage, further exploration and maximizing production efficiency, according to the company.

BP recently made a final investment decision on the Cypre development offshore Trinidad and Tobago. It also renewed its supply agreement with the country’s National Gas Co. in September, outlining future cooperation on more gas-fired generation and continued supply to the country’s sizable petrochemical industry.

The island nation is a substantial supplier of liquefied natural gas, delivering several cargoes a year to New England from the Atlantic LNG facility. Atlantic has a four-train liquefaction facility at Point Fortin on the southwestern coast of Trinidad with a capacity of 15 million metric tons/year.

Declining natural gas production from Trinidad and Tobago has limited Atlantic’s output, with one of its trains remaining idle since 2020. The government and corporate partners have been exploring ways to boost natural gas flows, including possibly re-exporting gas from Venezuela through Atlantic LNG.