Trinidad & Tobago's PM Names Saith New Energy Minister

Trinidad & Tobago's prime minister Patrick Manning has appointed Lenny Saith as energy minister after the previous minister, Eric Williams, was arrested on bribery charges last week, the PM's office said in a press release on January 16.

Saith will hold the portfolio of energy minister in addition to his existing portfolio of minister of public administration and information, the release said.

Saith will take office in a year that will feature roughly 7.2bn Trinidad & Tobago dollars (US$1.15bn) in energy and energy-related projects, local newspaper The Guardian reported.

Most of the new projects planned for this year are "private-sector driven," the paper quoted Saith as saying, without going into detail about the projects.

"We have worked with Dr Lenny Saith on several matters. He is a very experienced and good minister in whom we have every confidence. We look forward to working with him and his ministry," UK oil company BP's Trinidadian subsidiary (BPTT) said in a statement.

Former minister Williams resigned after being charged with accepting bribes totaling 75,000 Trinidad & Tobago dollars in 2003 in exchange for awarding local oil exploration company Geoseis Services a seismic contract at Point Galeota in southeast Trinidad.

Energy ministry officials were not available for comment when contacted by BNamericas on Tuesday.

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