Trinity Exploration & Production plc (AIM: TRIN), the independent E&P company focused on Trinidad and Tobago, announces that, as operator, it has submitted the first phase (“First Phase”) of its Field Development Plan ("FDP") for the TGAL Area, located on the Galeota Block, offshore the East Coast of Trinidad, to the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (“MEEI”). This FDP is the first phase of a potential wider step-out development moving across the Galeota anticline to fully develop the reserves potential from the large volumes of oil in place (circa 700 mmbbls).
The First Phase currently contemplates the installation of a low cost 10 well conductor supported platform, the installation of a new generation thermoplastic composite subsea export pipeline, the laying of a subsea power cable to provide offshore power and the drilling of horizontal production wells. The development of these assets would underpin our medium-term onshore and offshore production target of over 7,500 bopd.
The Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (“Petrotrin”) has a Working Interest of 35% and Trinity 65% in the proposed development. The submission of the FDP is a significant step forward in the route map to first oil, highlighting the scope for Trinity to scale up operations and become a prominent oil producer in the region given the size of the block and potential in place, which would generate significant returns and longer-term value for the Company and is consistent with the Company's focus on value creation from its existing portfolio while also appraising further opportunities in the prolific basin.
Bruce Dingwall CBE, Executive Chairman of Trinity, commented:
“The submission of the first phase FDP is a major milestone on the journey towards first oil from the TGAL area. Against the backdrop of falling black oil production in Trinidad, Trinity believes that this development would be a key enabler with respect to; direct and indirect local employment, to the generation of revenue and in the ultimate aim of maximising reserves recovery for all stakeholders. Trinity is adopting best practice in the use of new technologies above and below the mud line which have enhanced the attractiveness of this development.”
“Much work still has to be done with the supply chain, Petrotrin, the MEEI and the Ministry of Finance to ensure that this project generates an appropriate rate of return for all stakeholders and to enable this important project to get to FID in the envisaged timeframe. “
“This development is a strategically valuable asset for all stakeholders and adds significantly to our corporate strategy of more than doubling production in the medium-term.”
“With increased visibility on the potential to deliver a step-change in offshore production, alongside a return to strong production growth onshore and a portfolio operating break-even of below US$30/bbl, we are excited about the future.”