Trinidad to review inspection and maintenance of pipelines

Nov 07, 2004 01:00 AM

Inspection and maintenance of pipeline systems in Trinidad and Tobago are to come under closer scrutiny, it has been disclosed.
National policies on such systems along with health, safety and environmental standards for contractors are to be developed by Government, Energy Minister Eric Williams told the Point Fortin Chamber of Industry and Commerce's at a luncheon at Clifton Hill Club, Point Fortin. He said the Government was putting in place a committee to review the inspection and maintenance of pipelines, "because we have a significant pipeline system in this country."

Although, he said, Trinidad had a world class pipeline system there was no clear-cut policy on its maintenance.
"Each company operates with what it considers to be best practice, but there is no one clear national policy on pipelines," said Williams. "It's not that they (pipelines) are maintained badly, but I am saying we need as a nation to start developing those standards that will create a safe environment, a sustainable environment while we conduct our energy activities." This must be done, Williams said, in a manner that will cause local entrepreneurs and contractors to be meaningful and actively engaged in strategic and proportional management of those facilities we are building."

Referring to the HSE standards, Williams said often local contractors were deemed not qualified for projects of various kinds because they did not meet HSE global standards. Therefore, the Government soon will announce the formation of a committee which will ensure that stakeholders from the private sector, as well as the Government sector look at the HSE standards for contractors in the energy sector, Williams said.
He added: "We are going to fix that and come up with a Trinidad and Tobago standard and if a contractor meets or exceeds those standards, you cannot fail him."

Source: Petroleumworld
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