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The Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) is
calling for a forensic audit into Trinmar s South
West Soldado Field, saying that two years after $.5
billion was spent to upgrade the field, not a barrel
of oil has been produced.
Scores of workers crowded OWTU s Point Fortin
office Friday to discuss the lack of production in the
field, which they believe could have increased
Petrotrin s daily output by 10,000 barrels.
Speaking to the media after, Trinmar branch pres-
ident Ernesto Kesar said Petrotrin paid a commis-
sioning fee of US $1.25 million to a company called
Martima for a compression and production facility,
which up to today has not been built.
Claiming to have evidence of this, Kesar called on
Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine to explain whether
Maritima really existed and where the money has
"This project has been in existence for two-and-
a-half years now. Despite the hard work that is being
done by the workers, led by the project department
and infrastructure department in terms of getting
the structures ready for production, we have not
been able to see first oil, second oil or third oil.
This is except for what the South West Field was
producing at the start of the project. After a $.5 billion
investment, we have not seen a compression and
production facility. What is interesting is that in 2012,
a company by the name of Maritima was given a
commissioning fee of US $1.25 million. "The company
was given this advance payment contrary to the
arrangement that was made and today that company
has not delivered any production or compression
facility for the reactivation of the South West Soldado,"
He said the field that was shut down in 1998, pro-
duced approximately 10,000 barrels of oil per day.
Among the discussions, Kesar said former Energy
Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan had signed an
agreement with the company and the union to
enhance Trinmar s operation through a project called
He said this project would have seen over 400 oil
wells that were closed being reactivated.
He said the union was not accusing the company
of corruption, but noted that the jubilee oil discovery
that was made in the East Soldado Field in 2012 is
yet to bear fruit. He said the four well that were
drilled there were not properly installed.
"The wells have no flow lines, they have no gas
lines and they are now struggling to convert the wells
to PCPs and what is happening now is that we are
fearful that pretty soon, the Ministry of Energy will
make some big announcement saying that they gave
the local people a chance to develop it, but they have
failed. We are saying that is was set up to fail and
we are calling on the minister himself to let us assist
him in getting those wells working," Kesar said.
OWTU calls for Trinmar
Soldado forensic audit JENSEN LA VENDE
Jones never spent a night out of
his home and the one time he did
he was shot dead.
This is according to his girlfriend
Fayola Browne, who spoke to the
media on Friday outside the Foren-
sic Science Centre, St James.
Browne said she and Jones were
planning to get married, start a
family and expand their business
of selling cigarettes, drinks and
Browne said she was on work at
the San Juan office of the Election
and Boundaries Commission on
Thursday when she was told of
"I am holding up by the grace
of God. He didn t need to die like
that. He just went to a birthday
party. His last words to me was he
coming home just now, he liming
by Otis. This was the first time he
did this. He never stayed out
She said Jones was helpful, loved
children, was not involved in any-
thing illegal and loved to lime.
According to police reports,
Jones, 24, along with his friend
Clinton Otis John 35, both of Sev-
enth Avenue, Malick, Barataria,
were found dead in a track around
10.15 am on Thursday after neigh-
bours heard several gunshots.
Police said John had celebrated
his 35th birthday on Wednesday
and spent the night at his parents
home at Dan Kelly, Laventille.
The murders took place in spite
of increased army patrols in Laven-
tille, after the murder of Lance Cor-
poral Kayode Thomas on June 29.
Man shot dead
on 'first night out'
In a response to the meeting, Petrotrin's corporate
communications manager Gillian Friday said, "Petrotrin
understands that the Trinmar Branch of the OWTU held a
meeting attended by some of Petrotrin's employees and
contractors' employees at the OWTU Branch Hall in Point
Fortin this morning. We do not have any information on
what transpired at that meeting at this time.
In the meantime, we remain focused on boosting
efforts to increase crude oil production, which is critical to
our continued survival."
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