• 16 APR 2018

Energy Talks Commence in London

The Trinidad and Tobago delegation arrived in London this morning (Monday 16 April, 2018) and almost immediately commenced official engagements.

Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley along with Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, the Honourable Franklin Khan and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, the Honourable Stuart Young held a briefing session with a team from the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries and the National Gas Company at the Hilton Green Park in London in the afternoon. Those in attendance included Mr. Mark Loquan, President of NGC, Mr. Leroy Mayers, Ms. Heidi Wong and Mr. Richard Jeremie, Advisors, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries.

Following this meeting the delegation went on to meet with top level Shell executives at the Shell Center in St James Park London. Shell was represented by Mr. Maarten Wetselaar, Integrated Gas and New Energies Director, Mr. De La Rey Venter, Executive Vice President, Integrated Gas Ventures, Mr. Derek Hudson, Vice President and Country Chairman, Trinidad Tobago and Mr. Anders Ekval, Business Opportunity Manager, Atlantic LNG.

This meeting was a continuation of the conversations between the Government and  high-level executives of the major energy companies operating in Trinidad and Tobago to discuss the governing principles for discussions and negotiations going forward.

The Honourable Prime Minister continues to focus substantial personal effort towards strengthening Trinidad and Tobago’s relationships with multinationals in the energy sector. In this regard, the Government is determined to achieve better returns for its citizens and both Shell and BP have indicated their willingness to hold negotiations and discussions with the Government.

A joint statement from both parties (Government and Shell) will follow.

Dr Rowley and the delegation will meet with high-level executives of BP tomorrow for similar talks.