Trinidad to cut natural gas to chem makers 30% in September

06 June 2012 17:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The National Gas Company (NGC) of Trinidad and Tobago has notified local chemical producers that they will likely experience a curtailment in natural gas deliveries of up to 30% during the month of September, sources said on Wednesday.

In a letter to ammonia, methanol, LNG and other chemical producers dated 31 May, the NGC said natural gas deliveries in September will be limited as a result of limited supply from gas supplier BG Trinidad and Tobago (BGTT).

BGTT notified NGC that it will perform critical maintenance on its Dolphin Platform, which will require a 30-day shutdown of the platform from 12 September.

NGC said its other gas suppliers, such as BP of Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT), are unable to increase their gas supplies to fill the void.

"As a result of the shortfall of gas, it is envisaged that your gas supply may be curtailed by as much as 30% of your existing supply during the period of the shutdown," NGC said in the letter to its customers.

NGC suggested that chemical producers may "wish to take this opportunity to perform necessary maintenance works on your plant in order to minimise the impact of the gas shortfall on your operations".

The 11 ammonia plants currently operating in Trinidad have a total capacity of 5.7m tonnes/year.


By: Frank Zaworski
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