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Trinidad and Tobago talks energy skills training with Equatorial Guinea

posted by – July 16th, 2013

Minister of Energy Kevin Ramnarine (left) greets Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke. The two Ministers met at last week’s Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) Second Gas Summit, which was held at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Trinidad and Tobago, through the National Energy Skills Centre, has already trained over 300 Nigerian nationals in energy skills. A similar programme with Equatorial Guinea was discussed on Saturday.Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs, Kevin Ramnarine and Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training, Fazal Karim met with the Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea, Vicente Ehate Tomi at the Trinidad Hilton on July 6, 2013. Accompanying the Minister of Energy was President of Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited (PPGPL), Eugene Tiah and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Selwyn Lashley. The visit of the Prime Minister was part of the wider meeting of Caricom heads.

Discussions centred on co-operation in the fields of energy, skills development and training. Minister Ramnarine noted that Trinidad and Tobago and Equatorial Guinea were members of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum and shared cordial relations at that level. Possible areas of energy co-operation discussed were the refining of crude oil from Equatorial Guinea in Trinidad and Tobago and co-operation and co-ordination in the LNG business. PPGPL is also interested in potential investments in Equatorial Guinea in the area of natural gas processing.

Minister Karim noted that Trinidad and Tobago, through the National Energy Skills Centre, had already trained over 300 Nigerian nationals in energy skills and would be interested in expanding its offering to include other African countries including Equatorial Guinea. The Minister noted that there was significant capacity in Trinidad and Tobago for skills development in the energy sector.

It was agreed that a technical delegation from Equatorial Guinea would shortly visit Trinidad and Tobago to follow up on matters discussed with both Government Ministers.