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Trinidad’s new energy minister seeks to tackle oil production

A new government took office in September. The energy ministry is focusing on securing new production of oil and cleaning up the power-generation sector

The Caribbean state of Trinidad & Tobago has a new energy minister, Nicole Ollivierre, after the People’s National Movement (PNM) won the general election on 7 September. The most urgent task facing her is arresting the ineluctable decline in crude oil production. The island is also looking at imports of other fuels. Trinidad & Tobago is one of the world’s oldest oil producers – its first barrel was lifted in 1908. It hit a production peak of 229,589 b/d on average in 1978, six years after Amoco – now BP – discovered three new oilfields off the east coast. Unfortunately, no new finds of any substance have been made since then, either on or offshore and production in July averaged 6

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