The big disappointment for Guyana, following the discovery of between 800 million to 1.4 billion barrels of oil resources by US major ExxonMobil 200 km offshore, is that the production of crude will not begin for another five years (2021).
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BP Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) today issued photos of the historic passage of the BP British Merchant through the newly expanded Panama Canal. The British Merchant, operated by BP Shipping, left Atlantic LNG at Point Fortin on July 26th 2016 with its cargo destined for Mexico. It was the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker from Trinidad and Tobago to make its way through the expanded Panama Canal which was officially opened on June 26th 2016.
Staatsolie, the Suriname state owned oil company, recently completed an expansion of the Tout Lui Faut refining complex. The process began more than 10 years ago when the expansion of the refinery was first designed and conceptualised. The project looked at boosting production capacity for crude oil and expanding the number of refined products. The expansion has doubled the refining capacity of crude oil from 7,000 bpd to 15,000 bpd. The facility also now produces premium diesel and premium gasoline.
The Paris climate pledges submitted through the system of Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) action plans aim for global decarbonisation. The Trinidad & Tobago pledge includes the concept of a Caribbean Carbon Market (CCM) hosted by the Energy Chamber of Trinidad & Tobago. The market plan has been vetted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance and was showcased at its 2015 summit in New York City.
Trinidad and Tobago has been an iconic center for delivering hydrocarbons to the international market for several decades. Most recently it has been known for its production of LNG, Ammonia and Methane. Many of the challenges and concerns of late have been related to continuous gas supply, the increasingly competitive global market, and of course, low oil and gas commodity prices.
Earlier this year, the news came that Exxon Mobil had found oil offshore Guyana. It appears to be a major find. The news created a sense of euphoria among Guyanese. This discovery came during the tenure of the previous government and immediately, the then President Donald Ramotar arranged for a series of seminars to prepare the nation for the impact of an oil economy.