the gas reserves
would like to invite Martin Houston, Dereck Hudson and Patrick Manning
to publicly explain the mathematics of their new alliance in declaring
agreement with Governments position that the gas reserves
of T&T could sustain the governments developmental objectives
in the area (Guardian March 1).
Gas contracts are based on proven reserves. Present consumption
is 4.0 billion cubic feet a day or 1.46 trillion cubic feet a year.
A new project will require 20-30 years of assured gas supply. If
existing industries similarly demand 20 years of assured (contracted)
supply we need at least 29 trillion cubic feet of proven reserves
to provide that assurance for them alone.
Our proven reserves are 16.74 trillion cubic feet, or rather they
were in January 2006, the effective date of the Ryder Scott report.
But we have had two years of no discoveries since then so its
probably 13 or 14 trillion as of January this year.
Furthermore, the Minister of Energy let slip in one of his speeches
that the inaccessible gas shared with Venezuela is included for
the first time in this audit, so taking that out there are probaly
11 trillion cubic feet left. That means present proven reserves
amount to about 7.5 years consumption (reserves to production ratio
How then can the Government be pressing ahead with Essar Steel,
Alutrint, AUM complex, a propylene plant, and talking to BG (about
LNG Train X?). If these are allowed to see the light
of day, our R/P ratio drops to probably five years.
Incidentally, the Ryder Scott audit is not new. It is the responsibilty
of Government to do this every year but it managed to let it lapse
in the hope that BPs Deep Ibis well would prove
some hitherto unknown vast potential for exploration. That failed.
The Ryder Scott report can be accessed online for every preceeding
year and shows clearly that the reserves have always been in short
supply while Government allowed new projects to take us to the present
four billion cubic feet a day. The much touted new audit
to be done is merely a continuation of the practice that has fallen
two years in arrears. Audits are not a procedure for discovering
The recent gas discoveries announced this year may add about 1.5
years of consumption and are not yet all in the proven category.
Furthemore, at least some of that new gas came from
previously reported probable or possible
categories so cannot be described as new.
Even Robert Riley of BP, with responsibility for much greater reserves
than BG, is now cautioning the many non-oil/gas experts
and speech makers who try to cloud this major national embarrassment
with statements like the Ryder Scott report is merely a guide,
that future discoveries will likely be smallin the 500 billion
cubic foot range.
With this kind of forecast and the expense of deep-water exploration,
we will be extremely fortunate if we prove new gas fast enough to
maintain the present 11-year R/P.
We earnestly look forward to industry sources for telling the facts
as they are, since credible explanations from Government are not
forthcoming, and good news on this subject hasnt been heard
for years. Please tell us the basis for this wisdom.
Stop talking & fix health care
know that a lot of work is being done by the Government for the
people of this country. My question however, is, which people?
Certainly, not the people who do not have ready access to cash or
to family/friends with cash; those who do not know people in high
places and have no one to ask a favour; those who are at the mercy
of public servants and private organisations alike that do not give
a damn about simply providing service.
The Minister of Health and his colleagues should just shut up about
what they are doing in their respective ministries and just see
that things get done.
Fix the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex accident and emergency
ward. Staff it with people who want to work there and make sure
the medicines and other resources are available for every patient.
Imagine my cousin who was injured in a vehicular accident was operated
on but the hospital did not have the drugs on hand for his post-operative
care in the Intensive Care Unit. Now hes dead and we will
never know what part this lack of medication contributed to his
An autopsy which the hospital said would happen the next day took
place five days after. The explanation for the delay? Equipment
broke down. Vision 2020 and you still cant see a thing!
I write this letter even though I do not expect anything to happen
as a result of it. I dont expect things to improve in the
immediate or 100 days. But I feel better having openly expressed
my frustration and annoyance that a country so rich with oil dollars
has little or no real compassion for its poor.
PM decision adds to global warming
Prime Minister Manning returned from Uganda or wherever hot under
the collar about global warming and the environment, there has seemingly
been no slowdown in plans to destroy the latter and increase our
contribution to speeding up the former:
The new Pt Lisas port, 75 acres of irreplaceable mangrove, many
acres of seabed all reclaimed for a gas-guzzlling, high-emission
NECs engineers say they will replant the mangrove (which more
knowledgeable experts say cannot be done). In the meantime they
will have killed spawning grounds, wildlife, Ibis nesting, oyster
beds, mussels, shrimp et al.
Maybe they are setting up aquariums etc to save the livelihoods
of the fishermen? The project is a crime but then this seems to
be a way of life for the PNM if we take URP, Cepep, Ccommunity leaders
etc as indications of PNM thinking or lack of.
Maybe it might be illuminating for our PM to get some views from
Prince Charles, a serious environmentalist.
Is this T&T or
the end of the seventies and into the early eighties, there was
a popular television show called Fantasy Island on which lived the
Boss, a very dapper gentleman and his midget sidekick,
Tourist could go to the island and live out any fantasy they desired.
The island was breathtaking with rich, lush tropical forests, white
sandy beaches and exquisitely designed buildings. The latter was
a pet subject of the Boss, who insisted on having the very best.
His suits were impeccably tailored, his cars well kept and his house
worthy of an emperor.
At the beginning of each episode, a plane would arrive bringing
the guests and the familiar call from Tattoo would be Da plane,
On having read Saturdays papers about the Government wanting
to acquire a jet, Fantasy Island sprung to mind for we already have
the dapper looking gentleman, the palace, the cars, and soon the
sidekick Tattoo will make the announcement da
plane, da plane has arrived.
Somehow we never did get to see the other parts of Fantasy Island
where, no doubt, the natives lived.
a parent of an eight-year-old, I am kindly appealing to Flow to
reinstate the original Disney Channel that feeds from the USA.
Since Friday last, Flow has switched to the feed Disney Latino feed
from Colombia and Venezuela which contains more Spanish programming
that English programming. This includes some of the more popular
childrens shows like Hannah Montana etc.
While I am all for instituting Spanish as a second language and
do recognise the value of having our children exposed to Spanish
television channels, this should be by choice, not by force. Flow
can offer these bilingual channels as one of its packages.
I cannot help but wonder if the reason for switching to the Latin
feed is because it is costing Flow less money to do so (at our childrens
expense of course).
Come on, Flow, do not frustrate our young ones any more. They are
already stressed out with the current education system. Allow them
to relax and enjoy the channels that their parents work so hard
to pay for.
Foreigh judges show the way
are in order for sopranos Germaine Wilson and Adafih Padmore and
baritones John Thomas and Garnet Wilson who the judges tied for
first place and a share of the Dr Dorrel Philip Trophy in this years
Their sterling efforts have been appropriately rewarded. The audience
too, has been spared the agony of witnessing losing
performances for which there could be little justification.
Everyone goes away happy and contented with a well deserved four-way
Ironically, I had submitted a letter last month, suggesting a similar
approach be taken to judging Panorama when the performances in contention
are too close to call, as has been the case for the last three years.
Now that foreign judges have shown the way, maybe we will follow
their lead, as we always seem to do in sweet T&T, and allow
the judges to work as a team, instead of simply going the route
of the Lotto (more like Quick Pick). We wait!
Daryl C Joseph
by month issued
letter to the Ministers of National Security and Legal Affairs:
Why not renew passports by the month they were issued. If we are
currently in February, renew only those in February, then those
in March, then April, and so on until they are all done.
People with emergencies and expired passports (they must show proof)
will be exempted. All others will be turned away until their turn
(month). The same rules could apply for the new birth certificates.
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