THE Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs has said there will be no disruption of natural gas supplies to companies involved in the generation of power and the light industrial consumer sector while maintenance work is done on two main platforms—the bpTT Kapok and BG T&T Dolphin platforms.
The work will be conducted during September and October.
A press release from the Ministry stated that maintenance works were being done to "ensure asset integrity, compliance with international safety standards and the long term sustainability of the nation's natural gas supply".
It stated the Kapok platform will be off-line for approximately 50 days, beginning September 3, "to allow for inspections and upgrades to equipment and to ensure the safety and reliability of the facility".
The maintenance works were also in preparation for the Kapok drilling programme that is expected to increase the deliverability of natural gas from the Kapok facility in 2013, the release stated.
Starting from September 18, maintenance work will start for 34 days at the Dolphin platform.
During the period that these two platforms will be off-line, companies in Point Lisas will execute planned maintenance works. These companies include Phoenix Park Gas Processors Ltd, Yara Trinidad Ltd, PCS Nitrogen Trinidad Ltd and Methanex Trinidad. These companies have more than one plant and not all of them will be off-line at the same time.
LNG producer Atlantic has also planned maintenance activity during this period.
The release stated that the National Gas Company (NGC), Atlantic's upstream partners and the Point Lisas Energy Association (PLEA) have been working together to ensure that all the off-line activity across the country was coordinated and optimised in order to minimise the impact of the planned activities.