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Mottley, Brooks brainstorm country's future
Trump can help T&T
become energy hub
US President Donald Trump's
America First policy can as-
sist T&T in its efforts to be-
come a regional energy hub.
That is according to Wendell
Mottley who heads the gov-
ernment's Energy Task Force, established in
part to help realise this country's move to be
a conduit for energy products in the greater
Mottley, who served as T&T's finance
minister between 1991 and 1995, said the in-
ward-looking policies of the US under Trump
could drive greater co-operation among south/
south energy-producing countries, including
Mexico and Venezuela, to work more closely
together, which would then benefit T&T.
This country has already managed with
less than one per cent of the world's natural
gas reserves to become the largest exporter of
methanol in the world, the largest exporter
of ammonia to the US and its Atlantic LNG
plant is a major exporter of LNG.
Speaking at a panel discussion at last week's
energy conference hosted by the T&T Energy
Chamber, Mottley said the plan was to work
with other regional countries---including
Venezuela and Guyana---to add value to their
energy and then export it globally. He, how-
ever, warned that T&T cannot see itself as a
colonial power seeking to take people's oil and
gas with nothing in return.
The National Gas Company has been ap-
pointed as the lead agency in the effort, and
its chairman Gerry Brooks told the Business
Guardian that the energy-hub concept is this
country using its advantage of over 100 years
in oil and 40 years in natural gas as well as its
location and expertise to bring value to region-
al players who don't have the same expertise
He noted that this country has over 1,000
kilometres of pipelines, a gas efficiency of over
99 per cent with a safe record.
It also has expertise in engineering, drill-
ing, geosciences and platform construction.
In that respect, this country is already working
with Guyana on its tax structure, regulatory
framework, port facilities and other ancillary
services as the country becomes an energy
producer following Exxon Mobil's Liza dis-
Brooks said this move will put idle capaci-
ty to work, increase remittances and increase
streams of cash flow to the island.
The NGC chairman also said T&T will not
ignore the need to develop its own energy in-
cluding deepwater gas which he said needed
to flow at 800mmscf/d to be commercial.
The idea, Brooks said, was to go further
"As a country, we have an obligation to look
at areas further downstream. So there is the
opportunity to go further downstream from
methanol, and part of our allocation of gas
in the next period has to be how do we carve
out a tranche of gas that will facilitate natural
gas-based development so we have to look at
that next generation of development."
He said the deal to import gas from Vene-
zuela was an example of how this can work
with T&T buying gas from its neighbour and
having the capacity to immediately put it into
its processing plants and produce value-added
By 2019, T&T is expected to receive gas
from fields in North Eastern offshore area of
The gas will come from the Patao, Mejil-
lones, and Rio Caribe fields when they are
developed. This is part of the Mariscal Sucre
project that includes four gas fields: Drag-
on, Patao, Mejillones, and Rio Caribe. The
Mariscal Sucre Dragon field is around 25 miles
(40 km) north of the Paria peninsula, state of
Sucre, at a water depth of 328-427 ft (100-130
m). Gas will then be brought via pipeline to
Shell's Hibiscus Platform in the North Coast
Marine Area (NCMA).
This area is 25 miles (40 km) off the north
coast that includes four gas fields: Hibiscus,
Poinsettia, Chaconia and Ixora.
The Hibiscus platform was successfully in-
stalled in September 2001, in a water depth of
492 ft (150 m). The 67 mile (107 km), 24-inch
pipeline from the NCMA development to the
Atlantic LNG plant is the longest pipeline in
Debottlenecking in September 2003 in-
creased the capacity of the pipeline to 30 per
cent above the original design.
Brooks said he expects that after the natural
gas supply shortages are settled this country
would again be in a position to bring on more
He, however, noted that during the next
phase of natural gas allocation this country
will be approving projects that go further
downstream into methanol and aluminium.
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