Trinidad and Tobago is one of the least energy-efficient economies in the world and has one of the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions rates. The introduction of renewable energy, improving energy efficiency and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions have become policy issues on the government’s agenda and are usually included in statements from the current Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and other senior politicians and government officials. However, they often seem to be presented as additional policy issues for consideration, rather than issues at the core of overall energy policy.
Tullow Oil has completed seismic work on its operated offshore Walton Morant licence according to an article in Upstream. London-listed partner, United Oil and Gas (UOG), indicated that the conclusion of the 2,250 square kilometres 3D – seismic acquisition survey has moved the partners closer to de-risking the high-graded Colibri target. Tullow holds an 80 per cent interest in the licence and the remaining 20 per cent is held by UOG.
With the first floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) for the Liza Phase 1 project under construction in Singapore, Exxon and its partners are not only far advanced in the approval process for a larger second FPSO for Liza Phase 2, but also actively considering a third FPSO for Guyana.
In any renegotiations, the Government must be mindful of our well-deserved reputation as a jurisdiction that fully respects commercial contracts. We must ensure that this reputation is preserved or even strengthened in this process.
According to a press release by Range Resources (Range), they are very pleased with the production results from the latest well which, according to the company, is one of the best producing wells drilled by Range in recent years in Trinidad.
The Government of Guyana has made public the production sharing contract between the Government of Guyana and ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited. The release of the agreement came on the heels of several sections of the business community in Guyana calling for it.
In early January, Exxon Mobil Corporation announced positive results from its Ranger-1 exploration well, marking ExxonMobil’s sixth oil discovery offshore Guyana since 2015. The Ranger-1 well discovery adds to previous world-class discoveries at Liza, Payara, Snoek, Liza Deep and Turbot, which are estimated to total more than 3.2 billion recoverable oil-equivalent barrels. ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, began drilling the Ranger-1 well on November 5, 2017 and encountered approximately 230 feet (70 metres) of high-quality, oilbearing carbonate reservoir. The well was safely drilled to 21,161 feet (6,450 meters) depth in 8,973 feet (2,735 meters) of water.
Successful plant maintenance turnarounds in the downstream petrochemical and heavy industrial sector are key to the successful longterm operation of facilities. These turnarounds (or TARs as they are commonly called in the industry) are also key business opportunities for the myriad of service companies and contractors who support the industry. TARs are also important for the thousands of contract workers who pick up temporary employment during these periods, often working long hours and accumulating significant overtime income.
Ammonia prices have rebounded. This rebound comes after a low in August when it dipped below 150 US$/tonne. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the price continued the upward trend at the end of the year due to lower supplies in the Black Sea where portions of ammonia were diverted to produce urea.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, delivered an address to the nation. While the address touched on several economic issues facing the country, there was specific mention of the future of the energy sector and in particular, the role that the state oil company, Petrotrin, plays in the economy. Dr. Rowley stated, ‘Petrotrin has contributed significantly to the growth and development of Trinidad and Tobago but is now in need of fundamental restructuring, which cannot be put off any longer’.
Currently, the local energy landscape is challenged as there exists a natural gas supply shortfall in the local energy sector, primarily as a result of depleting reservoirs (mature province); easy discoveries already found; little exploration contributing to the gas supply challenge; limited access to good quality and low cost seismic data and long negotiation period for gas contracts.