Paragon & Trintosyl Form Alliance

In an effort to maximize local content and technology transfer, Houston-based Paragon Engineering Services Inc. and newly founded Trinidad-based Trintosyl Engineering Services (a Trintoplan Consultants Ltd. and Sylvester Engineering Ltd. joint venture) have formed a strategic alliance, Paragon announced.

Representatives from Paragon, Trintosyl and its founding partners, government officials, and the local energy industry launched the strategic alliance in Trinidad November 4, 2003.

Managing Director of Trintosyl P.A.D. Johnson, Paragon Chief Executive Officer Ken Arnold, Petrotrin Chairman Malcolm Jones, U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Dr. Roy Austin, Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Energy and Energy Industries Eric A. Williams, Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Planning and Development Dr. Keith Rowley and Trintosyl's Director of Technical Services Trevor Sylvester addressed the gathering of around 50 attendees. Two weeks after the event, Williams visited Houston and toured Paragon's headquarters.

Arnold said that sharing Paragon's established core processes and emerging technology with Trintosyl will prove mutually beneficial.

"We are in the forefront of a movement using these processes to increase local content and at the same time further Paragon's growth by getting involved in more projects and doing what we do best -- conceptual design, project definition, worldwide procurement and construction management," he said. "Through our strategic alliance with Trintosyl, we at Paragon plan to provide training and professional development of personnel to build a Trinidad-based engineering firm capable of ever-increasing scopes of work for all types of oil and gas projects.

"We envision a company that will provide world-class engineering, procurement and construction management services to clients in Trinidad and Tobago's energy sector," Arnold said. "This new organization will maximize local content and technology transfer, building a strong foundation for Trinidad's economic growth and self-sufficiency. We are proud to be a part of this movement."

Founded in 1970, Trintoplan is an industry-leading construction engineering company that has led a large proportion of Trinidad and Tobago's infrastructure projects in such areas as geotechnical engineering; geotechnical and field laboratory operations; civil and infrastructure engineering and supervision; and structural engineering.

Trintoplan founded Sylvester Engineering Ltd. in 1991, and the two have since collaborated on a wide variety of projects. Sylvester specializes in electrical, instrumentation and mechanical engineering for the oil and gas and process industries. The company's expertise includes such areas as power systems engineering; instrumentation and controls engineering; communications systems engineering; and mechanical engineering.

Paragon Engineering Services Inc. provides project management, engineering, design/drafting, procurement, safety, environmental, construction management, inspection and training services to the oil and gas and pipeline industries. Paragon's expertise encompasses oil and gas production and treating, gas compression, onshore and offshore pipelines, onshore facilities, offshore platforms, floating production/storage and offloading facilities, subsea systems, human factors engineering and safety and environmental management programs.