AFTER three years of limited activity at the Trinidad Offshore Fabricators Unlimited yard at La Brea, up to 400 jobs will be created when construction of offshore platforms begins soon.
On Wednesday, Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine toured the yard at Labidco Dock as well as the Bryden Port and Trinidad Generation Unlimited (TGU) power plant.
He said energy giant bpTT will be responsible for the fabrication of the Juniper platform.
“For the past three years the yard had no platform being fabricated but what we are very excited about is that BP will be fabricating the Juniper platform at the topside and the jacket in the Labidco fabrication yard. That will create somewhere in the region of 300 to 400 jobs.”
Ramnarine said: “It signals the return to significant activity for that fabrication yard after a period of three years of relative dormancy. What it signals to me is a return to vibrancy and buoyancy in terms of investment.”
Ramnarine said the TGU power plant was the most efficient power plant in the country.
“The new power plant in La Brea, it is fully operational. It is 100 per cent complete. It is the most efficient power plant in Trinidad and Tobago in terms of thermal efficiency, that is, the amount of megawatts of power that you get from a unit of natural gas.”
Bryden Port will be used by Mitsubishi for its exports of methanol and other chemicals, Ramnarine said, and work will begin on bpTT’s Dolphin and Cassia B platforms on Monday.