Gas Pipeline Advancement Pending Barbados Decision
Advancement of a US$550mn natural gas pipeline project in the Caribbean is pending approval from Barbados' government, 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, said Gorib. The natural gas primarily will be used for power generation.
A source in Barbados connected to the pipeline project told BNamericas the government has approved the project and an official announcement is expected soon.
Once Barbados approves the project, the pipeline's final details will be completed and bidding for an EPC contract for the first phase launched, Gorib said. This phase would take roughly 18 months to complete.
A second phase would continue from Barbados to supply neighboring islands including St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
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.
For its part, Barbados power utility Barbados Light & Power (BLP) wants the project to advance as it could supply its Trents generation project, BLP marketing and corporate communications manager Stephen Worme told BNamericas.
BLP is considering two options: a low-speed diesel plant with the capability to burn natural gas and a simple cycle duel-fuel gas turbine, which could burn natural gas and diesel.
According to preliminary information, the project will be carried out in three stages starting with 60MW, then adding 80MW and finally 100MW to reach 240MW.
BLP is waiting on the Town and Country Development Planning Office to approve the Trents project.
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