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Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine
says that the leaking 56-inch Cross
Island Pipeline has been repaired.
Ramnarine, in media interviews early
yesterday morning said the source of
the leak was located just after 6 pm
on Friday and was completed that
"The NGC (National Gas Compa-
ny) is now in the process of re-pres-
suring that line, and we expect that
the supply of natural gas to TGU
(Trinidad Generation Unlimited) in La
Brea and to the Atlantic LNG facilities
in Point Fortin will soon return to a
state of normalcy," Ramnarine said.
On Thursday, Atlantic LNG issued
a press statement alerting the public
that the Cross Island Pipeline had
sprung a leak on Wednesday. The 56-
inch pipe runs from Guayaguayare on
the east coast to the company's Point
It was that leak that triggered a power
conservation request from the T&T
Electricity Commission (T&TEC)
because Trinidad Generation Unlimited
(TGU) had to be shut down.
Minister of Communication Vasant
Bharath also issued a statement yes-
terday, saying that the leak was "fully
repaired" and the industrial operations
were back to full capacity.
In his statement, Bharath said NGC
immediately intervened when the leak
was discovered to "commence evacu-
ation and repair work."
"In order to avoid power interrup-
tions for residential and commercial
customers, the Trinidad & Tobago Elec-
tricity Commission (T&TEC) undertook
alternate measures by taking fifteen
large industrial customers and 200
recreation grounds off the supply grid,"
Bharath said the leak was found at
the Picton valve station and is confident
that all recreation grounds would be
fully lit almost immediately. He said
NGC was still at the site up to late yes-
terday, ensuring the lines were fully re-
CHARLES KONG SOO
Two mobile service stations will be provided for
north coast fishermen and $79 million will be
pumped into upgrading the facilities at Maracas
Tourism Minister Gerald Hadeed made the
announcement at the Ministry of Planning and Sus-
tainable Development's national consultation on the
development of the North Coast Growth Pole at the
Maracas Bay Community Centre, Savannah Road,
Grande Fond, Maracas Bay, yesterday.
Hadeed said, "Most importantly, what the people
of the north coast need the most for sustainable
living and the fishermen in particular is to have easier
access to petroleum products for their boats.
"In conjunction with the Ministry of Energy and
National Petroleum they are going to put into La Fillette
and Matelot two mobile service stations so the fishermen
can have access at the waterfront for their boats.
"It will also assist them with fuel for their cars close
to their homes so they won't have to travel too far.
"NP will have the mobile stations within six to
seven months. I can't give a cost, but it's not very
He said the Maracas Beach upgrade will start in
January 2015, everything was almost in place, and
the contract was being tendered at present.
Hadeed said all aspects of Maracas Bay will improve
tremendously at a cost of $79 million compared to
the former PNM administration's $237 million for
the same project.
He said a new road will be designed to go around
the car park and come out further down by the gas
station to reduce the traffic jams on a weekend.
Hadeed said a total upgrade of the car park, sewer
system, amenities, and planting sea grape trees and
coconut palms to make it a green area were in the pipeline.
He added that security will also be beefed up with
the implementation of beach patrols at most of the
beaches in T&T beginning with Tobago.
Also at the table were Planning Minister Dr Bhoen-
dradatt Tewarie, Chairman of the Economic Devel-
opment Board (EDB) Richard Young and EDB Exec-
utive Director Dr Rikhi Permanand.
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Retired chief justice Satnarine
Sharma who underwent surgery
to stop the pooling of blood on
the brain is recovering well.
Sharma did what is called a
bilateral evacuation of subdural
hematomas on Friday.
The surgery had to be performed
after Sharma suffered a fall at his
In a press release yesterday, act-
ing Chief Justice Allan Mendonca
gave an update on Sharma's health.
The release stated that the pro-
cedure was performed at a private
medical institution by neurosurgeon
Dr Berndt Tomancok. Mendonca
stated that he was happy to advise
that the surgery was a success and
Sharma was recovering.
Subdural hematomas, according
to www.medtronic.com, are cat-
egorised as acute, subacute and
chronic. It may be caused by trau-
ma but can also be spontaneous
or may be caused by a procedure,
such as lumbar puncture.
"The Judiciary also extends its
own concern and support and
prays for Justice Sharma's full and
speedy recovery," Mendonca stated
in the release.
Sharma and his family also con-
veyed their gratitude for the many
expressions of concerns and good
wishes which they received.
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Former CJ Satnarine Sharma
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A member of the audience asks a question during a
national consultation on the development of the North
Coast Growth Pole at the Maracas Bay Community
Centre, yesterday. PHOTO: CHARLES KONG SOO
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