In response to recent media reports based on some confidential documents being shared with external parties on NGC’s Beachfield Compression Project, the Company wishes to explain to employees the rationale for the project and the circumstances that led to its termination.
NGC’s gas supply originates at the Beachfield facility in Guayaguayare, where gas from offshore producers is received at the New Abyssinia Accumulator Station (NAAS). Since the gas comes from different sources, the operating pressure at which it enters NAAS also varies.
Compression is a process which allows the pressure of the gas to be increased, thereby improving its mobility through the network. With compression, NGC would gain operational flexibility at NAAS to use gas received at lower operating pressures and sustain a reliable supply to its customers. This was the rationale behind the Beachfield Compression Project, started in 2012.
As preliminary work began on this project, bpTT informed NGC of its intentions to deliver its own compression initiative—the Trinidad Onshore Compression (TROC) project. Both projects were evolving simultaneously and had overlapping objectives. Developments in relation to the TROC project eventually led to NGC’s decision to terminate its compression project.