BP’s Norman Christie: Angelin visit a success

February 8, 2018

The visit by a Trinidad delegation to Altamira, Mexico where BPTT’s Angelin platform is being built has been described as a successful learning experience by BPTT Regional President Norman Christie.
BPTT facilitated a visit to the Altamira fabrication yard on January 30 2018. The delegation included:
•	Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs Franklyn Khan 
•	Member of Parliament for La Brea Nicole Olivierre. 
•	Chairman, National Gas Company, Gerry Brooks
•	President, National Energy, Dr Vernon Paltoo
•	President and CEO of the Energy Chamber of T&T, Dr Thackwray Driver
•	Managing Director, Weldfab Ltd, Mr Asgar Ali
Christie said: “Building a competitive fabrication industry in Trinidad &Tobago will require the full collaboration of the private sector, government and the community. The idea was for the delegation to get a first-hand view of the critical success factors required for the execution of a major project such as Angelin. While the discussions focused on platform fabrication, the delegation also got a better understanding of the full project scope and opportunities for local content from the design and engineering phase to procurement, fabrication, commissioning and installation. I am honoured that BPTT could facilitate this visit.”
The aim of the visit was to share lessons learned from the fabrication of Angelin in Altamira, Mexico. The delegation held discussions with representatives from the Mexican Government and with McDermott, the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contractor for Angelin. McDermott is the owner and operator of the Altamira fabrication yard. The Trinidad delegation also got the opportunity to talk to Trinidad & Tobago nationals who are in Mexico working on the Angelin project.
Angelin will be BPTT’s 15th platform. It is due to arrive in Trinidad in Q3 of this year and will be installed in Q4. First gas from the facility is expected in 2019.
At the Trinidad & Tobago Energy Conference in January, Christie said the decision to build Angelin outside of Trinidad &Tobago was difficult but added, “We must learn from our experiences.” Christie said that collaboration is needed to develop the local platform fabrication industry and cited the visit to Altamira as an example of collaboration. “At BPTT we are committed to knowledge transfer to improve competitiveness in Trinidad & Tobago,” he said.
Starting with Cannonball which was commissioned in 2006, BPTT built six platforms locally. The Juniper topsides were built locally and the jacket was built in the US.



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