Golden Weld On Beachfield Upstream Development
The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) completed the golden weld (final weld) on the 66-kilometre, 36 inch-diameter Beachfield Upstream Development (BUD) natural gas pipeline on Friday 29th February, 2008 at Rustville, Guayaguayare. The pipeline will transport natural gas from the Cassia B platform to Beachfield, Guayaguayare.

BUD Project Director, Clarence Harnanan, explains the significance of the line to NGC's natural gas transmission system: "This line will increase NGC's gas transmission capacity to Point Lisas by 600 million cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) to 2 Bcf/d.

The completion of this pipeline combined with the 56" Cross Island Pipeline (CIP) which transports gas to Atlantic LNG, brings NGC's overall gas transmission system is the 7th largest in the Western Hemisphere.

NGC’s Vice-President, Gas Transmission and Distribution, Stephen Julien, is pleased at the completion of the line: “At the present time, NGC acquires 1.6 Bcf/d of gas which we transport and distribute through our pipeline network to Point Lisas. With the addition of the BUD pipeline, we have connected two new sources of gas from bpTT at their Cassia Hub and EOG Resources from their Oilbird platform respectively. This will enable the pipeline network to run more efficiently and be capable of delivering up to 2 Bcf/d of gas to Point Lisas as demand grows up to 2012.”
Golden Weld On Beachfield Upstream Development

Commissioning of the new pipeline will commence in March with first gas expected to flow in the line in second quarter 2008.