Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine said yesterday an energy commercial complex was being created off the Rivulet Road in Couva, as he turned the sod to begin construction of the Phoenix Park Gas Processors Ltd (PPGPL) administrative building.
He announced that Cabinet has approved the lease of 48 acres of land nearby for the construction of the National Gas Company (NGC) corporate campus.
Ramnarine said Rivulet Road will be upgraded to facilitate the Point Lisas Industrial Estate.
Speaking at the sod-turning ceremony on the proposed site, Ramnarine said, "This road was a tasker road and that was inadequate to service the Point Lisas Industrial Estate. A decision was taken in 1994 to upgrade Rivulet Road. It has become evident that we have outgrown the existing Rivulet Road, given the fact that the road is the main conduit connecting the highway to the largest industrial estate in the Caribbean and Latin America. The project will start in 2013. And there is also talk that there is a need for a hotel in this part, because there is a large number of people who come in to work at Point Lisas for a short period and go back to their countries of origin."
Ramnarine said he was pleased with the development of PPGPL and paid tribute to the National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR).
"That government led by then prime minister Arthur NR Robinson laid the foundation for Phoenix Park (Gas Processors Ltd) and the NAR government was actually laying the foundation for the second chapter in the life of Point Lisas and the next wave of the industrialisation that took place," he said.
Ramnarine said the PPGPL is expected to be replicated in the coming years, expanding its facilities to Tobago.
"The emphasis this time will be Tobago because of the future gas developments that can be realised around the island of Tobago," he said.
PPGPL chairman Roop Chan Chadeesingh said the administration building was required to facilitate the rapid growth in the company.
The company's administrative complex is currently housed at PPGPL's compound at Rio Grande Drive, Point Lisas.
He said, "With the tremendous growth that PPGPL has achieved in recent years, it has had to install container offices to provide space for new employees joining this growing organisation. As a national and international leader in safety, the board has been very mindful that the increasing number of employees, all housed on the current site, working in close proximity to the process plants has also been a primary concern of management."