The 20th Ministerial Meeting of Gas Exporting Countries was held in Trinidad and Tobago in mid- November and the Ministry of Energy hosted a T&T Gas Symposium which featured a keynote address by the Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley.
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The first export of crude oil from Petrotrin was loaded onto the tanker Hellespont Progress on Tuesday 30th October 2018 and is listed as being destined for Panama on marine tracking websites. According to a press release from Petrotrin dated 1st November 2018, the tanker was loaded with approximately 500,000 barrels of crude oil which was purchased by Trafigura Oil Traders, one of the world’s major commodity traders.
The decline in Trinidad and Tobago’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports over the past few years, on the back of falling natural gas production, has seen big declines in the volume of exports to Argentina and Brazil. Volumes destined for Trinidad and Tobago’s other major markets, such as Chile, USA, Central America and the Caribbean have remained relatively robust.
Over 36 years after being discovered, the Iguana gas field in Block 1(a) is on track to begin production in 2018. Local drilling contractor, Well Services Petroleum Company Limited (Well Services), has announced the completion of a three-well development campaign for the Iguana field, which is owned and operated by DeNovo Energy Limited (DeNovo).
Petrotrin is and will continue to dominate the news. And for good reason. We must keep asking ourselves how we got where we are. Why Petrotrin – the company supposed to be our crown jewel – ended up in such dire situation. And how we can prevent more joining the same fate as Petrotrin’s refinery, the Arcelor steel plant, the idle platform production sites in La Brea and many other abandoned or underutilised manufacturing sites across the islands.
The Petrotrin Point-a-Pierre refinery has been a major customer for many of the service companies and contractors who make up the membership of the Energy Chamber. A recent survey of over 400 companies who have been certified to work as contractors in the energy sector has revealed that 59% of these companies have provided goods and/or services to the refinery over the last 5 years. Thirty-nine percent of them currently provide goods and/or services.
It was revealed that four of the seven wells are yet to contribute to the current stabilized production of Touchstone. Paul Baay, CEO Touchstone said "We are excited to increase production in the near-term. With the combination of these four wells and the remaining three to be drilled this year, 3 we are looking forward to a strong start to 2019.
SBM Offshore recently announced that ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) has awarded the Company contracts to perform Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) for a second Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) for the Liza development located in the Stabroek block in Guyana
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.