In T&T: Ramnarine: T&T a leader in natural gas electricity

18 May 2012

Rubbing shoulders with Qatar (sort of). T&T aims to produce electricity exclusively from natural gas.

Trinidad and Tobago is set to be the second country in the world to produce all its electricity through natural gas, when the Cove Industrial Estate in Tobago converts from diesel power to gas “in a few weeks”, Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine has said.

During his address at the opening ceremony of the Trade and Investment Convention at the Hyatt Regency (Trinidad) Hotel, Port of Spain, he said his ministry will commission a natural gas receiving facility in Tobago to convert the power plant at the Cove from diesel to natural gas.

The other country in the world that generates its electricity solely from natural gas is Qatar, which is also the world’s largest natural gas producer, he said.

Ramnarine also said a delegation from the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) will be visiting the country in July to build on talks held in January during the government’s trade mission to India.

“(GAIL) is one of India’s largest companies. In January we discussed how the NGC could partner with India, actually investing in projects. NGC is also investing in Tanzania and Nigeria, so we are moving outside of Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.

He said Cabinet has reaffirmed its commitment to the Eastern Caribbean Gas Pipeline.


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