Trident Energy Completes First Hot-Tapping Operation in Equatorial Guinea

Image: Jean-Michel Jacoulot, CEO, Trident Energy

International oil and gas company Trident Energy has announced the completion of its first hot-tapping operation on the company’s CEIBA field in Equatorial Guinea. The operation – which was overseen by both Trident’s London and Equatorial Guinea teams, together with experts from onshore operations, production and offshore departments –has allowed the company to create new gas injection points on two subsea production jumpers.

“I am really proud of everyone involved in making this ground-breaking project at CEIBA a success. It is a very complicated operation with a lot of risks involved, but one we felt very capable of accomplishing. Projects such as these truly demonstrate the expertise and abilities of our experienced and passionate teams in bringing new life to mid-life oil and gas assets. Thank you to everyone involved,” Jean-Michel Jacoulot, CEO, Trident Energy said in a statement on Thursday.

Hot tapping comprises a method of installing connections to pressurized systems, such as pipelines or pressure vessels, without removing the pipe or tank from service. Considered an innovative but highly risky process incorporating several health, safety and environmental risks, the hot-tapping operation was supported by contractors including Trendsetter Engineering, IK Norway and Searov to ensure operations were conducted safely and securely.

“I am extremely happy with the success of this milestone project. It is testament to our onshore and offshore teams’ capabilities in challenging the industry,” stated Simon Lorelli, Subsea Operations Manager, Trident Energy.  

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