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BP Trinidad and Tobago (BPTT) got the official go ahead Wednesday to start building its Juniper offshore gas platform.

BP will construct a normally unmanned platform and corresponding subsea infrastructure for the platform.

The development will include five subsea wells and will have a production capacity of approximately 590 million standard cubic feet a day (mmscfd).

The Juniper facility will take gas from the BPTT operated Corallita and Lantana fields located 50 miles off the southeast coast of Trinidad.

Fabrication will start in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Drilling is scheduled to start in 2015 and first gas from the facility is expected in 2017.

This project is the first of its kind for BPTT.

BPTT operates in 904,000 acres off Trinidad’s east coast and has 13 offshore platforms and two onshore processing facilities in the area.

“This development is an important part of the future for BPTT because it will assist the company in meeting its natural gas commitments to the market,” BPTT Regional President Norman Christie said.