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bpTT president: Mexico visit a success

Friday, February 9, 2018
Members of the visiting delegation and the Angelin fabrication team stand in front of the Angelin platform.

Following a recent visit to Altamira, Mexico where bpTT’s Angelin platform is being built, bpTT Regional President Norman Christie has described it as a successful learning experience.

Leading a delegation from Trinidad to the fabrication yard on January 30, Christie said, “Building a competitive fabrication industry in T&T will require the full collaboration of the private sector, government and the community."

"The idea was for the delegation to get a first-hand view of the critical success factors required for the execution of a major project such as Angelin. While the discussions focused on platform fabrication, the delegation also got a better understanding of the full project scope and opportunities for local content from the design and engineering phase to procurement, fabrication, commissioning and installation."

The delegation included Energy and Energy Affairs Minister Franklyn Khan; La Brea MP Nicole Olivierre; National Gas Company chairman Gerry Brooks; National Energy President Dr Vernon Paltoo; CEO of the Energy Chamber of T&T Dr Thackwray Driver; and Managing Director Weldfab Ltd, Asgar Ali.

The delegation held discussions with representatives from the Mexican Government and with McDermott, the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contractor for Angelin.

McDermott is the owner and operator of the Altamira fabrication yard.

The local delegation also got the opportunity to talk to T&T nationals who are in Mexico working on the Angelin project.

Angelin will be BPTT’s 15th platform and is due to arrive in Trinidad by the third quarter of this year.

It is to be installed in the fourth quarter and officials have estimated that first gas from the facility is expected in 2019.



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