Other upstream players in Guyana gear up

Other upstream players in Guyana gear up

Other players in Guyana are gearing up for exploration activity. The news out of Guyana is normally dominated by the successful campaign by ExxonMobil and partner, Hess. While they have certainly been the drivers of the prolific discoveries in Guyana, other majors are also putting things in place to hopefully replicate the success of Exxon. 

Time to reform Supplemental Petroleum Tax

Time to reform Supplemental Petroleum Tax

If Trinidad and Tobago is going to make a success of the newly formed state oil company, Heritage Petroleum (Heritage), the Minister of Finance is going to have to follow through on his previous commitments to review the way in which Supplemental Petroleum Tax (SPT) is structured. The current way in which this tax against revenue is structured acts as a serious impediment to investment in the oil sector. 

Heritage Petroleum: Looking for the right partners

Heritage Petroleum: Looking for the right partners

Mike Wylie, Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Petroleum, has indicated that many of the services that were previously conducted in-house at former Petrotrin, will be contracted out in the new upstream-focused state oil company. 

Data: Paria Fuel - Imports and Exports

Data: Paria Fuel - Imports and Exports

During the first two months of 2019, Paria Fuels imported 448 million litres of petroleum products to service both the domestic and regional markets, previously supplied directly from the now mothballed Point a Pierre refinery.  Most of the imported fuel went to service the local Trinidad & Tobago market, with a total sales volume of 213 million litres over the two months, with a further 190 million litres being re-exported.  The balance of the imports would be held as inventory for later sales. 

BHP encounters hydrocarbons in latest T&T deepwater well

BHP encounters hydrocarbons in latest T&T deepwater well

BHP has announced that it has found hydrocarbons in its latest deepwater well in Trinidad & Tobago’s deepwater block 23(a). The Bélé-1 well is the first of a three well programme to test prospects around the Bongos discovery, made in 2018. The well is being drilled by the Deepwater Invictus rig and was spud on 2 March 2019 in 2,102 meters water depth. The total planned well depth is 3,693 meters. The 31st March BHP operational review noted that drilling was still in progress.

Data to decision

Data to decision

Organizations are incessantly gathering information and data across every element of their supply chains, from oil fields and pipelines, to refineries, power stations and manufacturing. It has been estimated that 90 per cent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone, but it is feared that data overload is causing a barrier to the effective use of this information. 

Social media as an essential element in new market growth - Why service companies need to up their game

Social media as an essential element in new market growth - Why service companies need to up their game

The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago’s (Energy Chamber) conference theme of ‘Technology: Transforming the Industry’ will rightly be interpreted by many as a call to acknowledge the role that innovative geological, engineering, process, and IT solutions have – and will continue to have – as local energy companies strive to maintain global competitiveness. I endorse this, but I would like to broaden the idea of the technology impact to consider the impact of new technologies in the space of reputation management, namely social media. 

Engaging stakeholders through technology

Engaging stakeholders through technology

As with many industries, the evolution of the energy sector is increasingly being driven by technology — more advanced solutions that continue to propel the industry forward. 

Less elitism, more pragmatism

Less elitism, more pragmatism

The trick is old hat now. Whenever OWTU leader Ancel Roget wants to stir things up a bit, he will accuse the ‘elites’ of conspiracies and actions to hurt the rest of the country.

Rethinking change management

Rethinking change management

Change management models need to be rethought. Change management is usually applied at the organisational level with a focus on controlling disruption and transitioning people towards a new modus operandi. There is need to broaden this context by tracing the implications of the fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) from the global level to the individual.

Technology: Transforming the industry

Technology: Transforming the industry

We are in the midst of a revolution. Digital technology is transforming every aspect of human lives, levelling the playing field and causing shifts in the balance of global power. Germany has sought to hijack and capitalise on this movement to the benefit of its manufacturing sector by labelling it ‘Industrie 4.0’ (Industry 4.0) and positioning itself as the world leader. While creating a focus for research and development (R&D) activities in larger Germany companies, its allimportant ‘Mittelstand’ or small and medium enterprises (SME) sector has been a bit slower to adopt the emerging technologies, and it is debatable whether Germany really is the global leader. 

You say sickout, we say strike

You say sickout, we say strike

Just another of his PR stunts or not, in the past week the Public Service Association’s leader, Watson Duke, threatened a sickout due to a dispute over health claims by some 400 workers at the Housing Development Corporation.

The merit of his claims is something to be sorted between the PSA, HDC’s managers and, if needed, the relevant tribunals. However, what cannot be ignored is Mr Duke’s threat of having public servants skipping work in a coordinated way because, to put it in plain English, that is a strike and that is illegal.

Trinidad & Tobago players pushing for tax reforms

Trinidad & Tobago players pushing for tax reforms

Oil players in Trinidad & Tobago are urging changes to the government’s supplemental petroleum tax on oil production, which they say in its current form discourages investment and inhibits oil exploration.

Taking technology and the energy transition seriously

Taking technology and the energy transition seriously

Fossil fuels are going to remain an important part of the energy mix for many years to come, but renewable energy is growing quickly. Trinidad and Tobago needs to be aware of this reality and embrace the global energy transition to a lowercarbon future. The energy transition is being driven not just by climate change policies, but also by technological innovation and the changing economics that the technological revolution has spurred. 

Building a robust safety culture – key to a successful energy sector in Guyana

Building a robust safety culture – key to a successful energy sector in Guyana

If Guyana is to experience sustained growth leading to the development of a worldclass energy industry that benefits the local economy, it is critical that a robust safety culture is embraced now. Imperative would be the adoption of safety systems and procedures that international operators consider basic to a safe and productive operation. Adherence to such systems would also give locally owned and operated contractors greater access to work in the sector, which will enhance local content development. 

Harnessing all the talent from the energy sector

Harnessing all the talent from the energy sector

The energy sector has predominantly had more males than females in senior roles. This is a global phenomenon and is not unique to Trinidad and Tobago. The International Energy Association (IEA) stated in an article in 2018 that the energy sector remains one of the least gender-diverse sectors, despite recent efforts to promote and encourage women’s participation. The IEA article alludes to inclusion of all human resources for key drivers of innovative and inclusive solutions.