NiQuan’s Gas-to-Liquids plant

NiQuan’s Gas-to-Liquids plant, which is located on the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery compound.

The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries says that at approximately 6:30am today there was an incident at NiQuan Energy Trinidad Limited, Pointe-A-Pierre.

This was as a result of a component failure resulting in a blowout, the Ministry said in a statement.

There are no reports of casualties nor injuries at this time.

The Ministry said the situation was quickly brought under control by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services from the Mon Repos Fire Station, along with NiQuan Ground Managers and officials of the plant who are presently at the location.

The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries is in constant contact with NiQuan officials and the public will be updated as more information becomes available.

The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries is currently setting up a technical team to officially investigate the cause of the incident.


The Ministry of National Security is also advising that the fire at the site has been contained and there is "no active danger at present to life or property in the immediate vicinity".

No injuries,or damage to State property have been reported and the public is being asked to seek alternative route.

All traffic has been diverted from the TECU building near the Guaracara River, and the Flower Pot Beach near St Margaret's Village.


Stuart Young was a natural pick for the Energy portfolio, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley indicated yesterday.

In making Stuart Young the new Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, the Prime Minister chose someone who had been involved in and familiar with all the major issues to be resolved in the energy sector.

INSP Mark Hernandez, head of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) of the Police Service, has been charged with misbehaviour in public office.

The charge was laid around 4 p.m., yesterday by his colleagues of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) after consultation with Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard, SC earlier in the day as well as at the weekend.