Barbados Commits to Pipeline Project, Studies Underway

Barbados' government has committed to participate in a US$550mn Caribbean natural gas pipeline project, Omar Gorib, gas marketing manager at Trinidad & Tobago's National Gas Company (NGC), told BNamericas.

The first phase of the project would transport natural gas from Tobago to Barbados. A second phase would continue from Barbados to supply neighboring islands including St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

The natural gas would primarily be used for power generation.

Economic feasibility studies are underway and results are expected next quarter, Gorib said. The launch of bidding for an EPC contract for the first phase will depend on these results.

The entire pipeline would stretch some 643km and is designed to deliver about 100Mf3/d (2.83Mm3/d), according to preliminary information.

NGC, along with Guardian Holdings, Trinidad & Tobago Unit Trust and Intra-Caribbean Gas Pipeline, hold stakes in the special purpose company set up for the project, Eastern Caribbean Gas Pipeline.

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