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Energy Conference Day One: 3rd February 2020

The Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference 2020
Shaping the Caribbean’s Energy Future
February 3rd – 5th 2020

Day 1 – February 3rd, 2020

7:00am  Pre-event refreshment

Sponsor: BP Trinidad and Tobago 


Opening Ceremony
8:30 am – 8:35 am  Welcome Remarks:
Dr. Thackwray Driver, President and CEO, Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago
8:35 am – 8:45 am Chairman’s Address:
Eugene Tiah, Chairman, Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago 
8:45 am – 9:10 am Feature Address:
The Honourable Dr. Keith Rowley, Prime Minister, Trinidad and Tobago 
9:10 am – 9:15 am Vote of Thanks
Dr. Thackwray Driver, President and CEO, Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago
9:15 am – 9:20 am Cutting of Ribbon to Open the Trade Show
The future of the Caribbean energy sector
9:20 am – 9:40 am Keynote Address: The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, QC, MP, Prime Minister of Barbados
9:40 am -10:40 am Platinum Sponsors Panel Discussion;

  • Claire Fitzpatrick, Regional President, BP Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Eugene Okpere, Vice President and Country Chair, Shell Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Mark Loquan, President, The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited 
  • Karen Darbasie, Group CEO, First Citizens
  • Vincent Pereira, President, BHP Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Darryl White, CEO, RBC Financial (Caribbean) 

 Facilitator:  Prof. Avinash Persaud, Special Envoy to the Prime Minister (Barbados) for Investment and Financial Services

10:40 am – 11:30 am Networking Break

Sponsor: BP Trinidad and Tobago


11:30 am – 11:45 am Annual Award 1: NGO Award for Good Governance 

Annual Award 2: Exporter of the Year Award

Deepwater exploration and development in the southern Caribbean
11:45 am – 12:30 pm 
    • Dr. Sonia Scarselli, Vice President Exploration & Appraisal, BHP Petroleum
  • Maria C. Guedez, Guyana & Suriname Exploration Manager, ExxonMobil
  • Rudolf Elias, Managing Director & CEO, Staatsolie 
12:30 pm – 12:35 pm Annual Award 3: Excellence in STOW Award  
12:35 pm – 2:00 pm Networking Lunch
Sponsor: Shell Trinidad and Tobago Limited
2:00 pm – 2:05 pm Annual Award 4: Best Social Investment Project (LARGE) 
Future of mature oil in the Caribbean
2:05 pm – 3:15 pm
  • Penelope Bradshaw-Niles, Permanent Secretary (Ag), Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries 
  • Edward Morse, Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities Strategy, CITI  
  • Paul Baay, President and CEO, Touchstone Exploration
  • Jaime Alberto Jimenez Gomez, Technology Manager for Reservoir Engineering & EOR, Ecopetrol

Facilitator: Dr Thackwray Driver, President and CEO, Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Networking Break
Sponsor: Baker Hughes Company
Local content and the development of a regional energy services sector
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm 
    • Jerome Dookie, Managing Director, Caribbean Nitrogen Company Limited and Methanol Holdings (Trinidad) Limited
  • Kathy Khuu, Senior Advisor, Economic Development and Local Content, Government Relations, Shell International
  • Mala Baliraj, Chief Executive Officer, Massy Wood
  • Nicholas Deygoo Boyer, President, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce   

Facilitator: Dr. Thackwray Driver, President and CEO, Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago 

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Cocktails and Networking

Sponsor: RBC Royal Bank (Trinidad and Tobago) Ltd. 

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Energy Conference Day Two: 4th February 2020

Day 2 – February 4th, 2020

7:30 am – 8:30 am Business Breakfast

Sponsor: NGC Group of Companies

Feature Speaker: 

Rodrigo Barrera Rojas, Energy Community Coordinator, Energy Sustainability Agency, Chile

  Pre-Event Refreshment 

Sponsor: EOG Resources Trinidad Ltd. 

Attracting capital in a competitive gas sector
9:00 am – 9:20 am Feature address

Senator the Honourable Franklin Khan, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Trinidad and Tobago  

9:20 am – 10:00 am Shawn Bennett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas, Department of Energy, United States of America 

Philip Julien, Managing Director, Kenesjay Systems

10:00 am – 10:50 am Panel discussion:

  • Dilanka Seimon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
    BHP Petroleum
  • Joel “Monty” Pemberton, CEO, DeNovo Energy 
  • Richard De La Bastide, President, Yara Trinidad
  • Dr. Vernon Paltoo, President, National Energy
  • Angus Rigby, Head of Commodities, Futures & Corporate FX, RBC Capital Markets

Facilitator: Sheldon Butcher, Downstream Petroleum Director, Head of Downstream Petroleum Management Division, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries  

10:50 am – 11:30 am Networking Break 

Sponsor: Repsol Angostura Ltd.

Skills development for the new oil and gas industry
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Keynote address: Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2009-2012); President, CareJourney
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Ronald Adams, GM – Upstream Assets, Shell Trinidad and Tobago  
  • C. Toni Sirju-Ramnarine, Vice President, Corporate Operations, Atlantic
  • Brian McShane, Senior Vice President, INTECSEA

Facilitator: Dr. Sterling Frost, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations and Administration, First Citizens

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Networking Lunch

Sponsor: BHP Trinidad and Tobago

2:30 pm – 2:35 pm Annual Awards 5: Best Green House Gas Reduction Project 
The energy transition in the Caribbean and Latin America
2:35 pm – 3:00 pm Feature Address: Sen. the Hon. Robert Le Hunte, Minister of Public Utilities 
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
    • Giselle Thompson, Vice President, Corporate Operations, BP Trinidad and Tobago 
    • Verlier Quan-Vie, Vice President, Commercial, The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited 
    • Anita Gajadhar, Managing Director, Proman Shipping 
  • Rodrigo Barrera Rojas, Energy Community Coordinator, Energy Sustainability Agency, Chile
  • Facilitator: Dr. Dale Ramlakhan, Chairman, Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy Committee, Energy Chamber 
4:15 pm – 4:20 pm Annual Award 6: Best Social Investment Project (SME)
4:20 pm – 5:00 pm Networking Break 

Sponsor: Perenco T&T Ltd.

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Cocktail Reception

Sponsor: First Citizens Limited

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Energy Conference Day Three: 5th February 2020

Day 3 Workshops – February 5th, 2020


9:00 am – 12:00 noon Energy Efficiency Enhancements for Brownfield Process Plants

Sponsor: Worley Trinidad Ltd  

Room: Regency III

Cost: USD$150 plus VAT

Feature presenters:

Oneil Doon, Construction Manager, Worley Trinidad Ltd  

Ahlya Ackbarali, Principal Civil/Structural Engineer, Worley Trinidad Ltd  

9:00 am – 12:00 noon Electricity Sector Model Workshop 

Sponsor: British High Commission 

Room: Regency IV

Cost: Free

Feature presenter:
Tanja Groth, Lead Economist for Energy and Environment at Sweco UK


1:00 pm – 4:00 pm The Advent of the Hydrogen Economy: unlocking T&T’s Energy Transition

Sponsor: Siemens and Kenesjay Systems 

Room: Regency IV

Cost: Invitation Only 

Feature presenters:

Matthias Roidl, Regional Director Sales Gas & Power Central America and Caribbean, Siemens

Philip Julien, Managing Director, Kenesjay Systems

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Can we achieve more? Using data to drive change

Sponsor: Cropper Foundation

Room: Regency III

Cost: Invitation Only

Feature presenters: 

Gregory McGuire, Chair of TTEITI Steering Committee

Omar Mohammed, CEO, The Cropper Foundation


Dr. Thackwray Driver

President and CEO
Energy Chamber of T&T


Claire Fitzpatrick

Regional President, BP Trinidad and Tobago

Claire was announced as Regional President BP Trinidad and Tobago in February 2018. Prior to this role, she was appointed Managing Director for BP’s Exploration and Production interests in Australia in

September 2014. In this role, she was accountable for all BP Upstream activity in Australia, including the North-West Shelf Venture. Claire served as a Director of the Board of North West Shelf Gas Pty Ltd, the gas marketing agency for the venture. In addition, she was a Board Director of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and Chairperson of the APPEA Executive Committee.

Claire joined BP in 2002 as Chief Accountant/Head of Accounting Policy for Upstream. Following this, she was Head of Performance Management for Upstream and in 2007 moved to BP Alaska, initially as Commercial Director then as the Chief Financial Officer. In 2012 Claire was appointed Head of the Executive Office for Upstream in BP’s London office.

Prior to BP, Claire worked for Ernst & Young in London and Houstonacross a variety of service lines focused on the oil and gas sector. Claire has a BSc in Biological Sciences and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.


Philip Julien

Managing Director, Kenesjay Systems Limited

Philip Julien was born and raised in Trinidad, and continued his tertiary education in Canada, graduating in 1993 from McGill University in Montreal Canada, with a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Environmental Engineering.  After working in the Canadian engineering consulting sector, he returned to Trinidad in 2001, and has been integrally involved in project development and consulting activities in the local energy sector since then.  

After serving for five years as the Location Director for WorleyParsons in Trinidad, he assumed the role as Managing Director of Kenesjay Systems Limited, a Trinidad-based project development and consulting firm established in 1998, that is in service of securing a sustainable energy supply for Trinidad, Tobago, and the Region.  

He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Heroes Foundation – a registered not-for-profit non-governmental organization which was established in 2002, to “Create the Next Generation of Heroes”. 


Mark Loquan

President, National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago

Mr Mark Loquan is a graduate of The University of the West Indies with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (1st Class Honours). He earned his MBA at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, Durham, North Carolina, USA. He is also a Distinguished Alumni of The UWI.

Mr. Loquan has over 30 years’ experience in the petrochemical industry. He has held numerous leadership roles in countries including the USA, Europe, Africa and Trinidad and Tobago. His most recent role was that of CEO, Yara Pilbara in Australia, where he was responsible for restructuring of an existing ammonia facility and integrating the site with a recently-constructed world-scale technical ammonium nitrate plant. The latter was a joint venture between Yara International and Orica.

In 1982, Mr Loquan began his career in the energy sector as a Process Engineer at Trinidad Nitrogen Co. Ltd. He moved on to various leadership positions before being appointed as the first local President of Hydro Agri Trinidad (now Yara Trinidad Ltd) in 2002. In 2009, he was appointed as President, Upstream, Business Development for Angola/Sub-Sahara Africa for Yara International before moving to Australia in 2012.

On September 01st 2016, Mr Loquan was appointed President of The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC).


Brian McShane

Senior Vice President, INTECSEA

Brian McShane currently serves as Senior Vice President of the Americas region, and is responsible for all consultancy, engineering and execution support services associated with floating hulls, subsea and pipeline systems.  He has 30 years of experience in engineering, construction and project management of subsea, pipelines and field developments within the oil and gas industry.

Brian also has extensive experience in leading engineering and project execution programs for various offshore project developments and environments including Deepwater, Arctic, environmentally sensitive, remote and technically challenging arenas.  Brian has a strong background in technology and strives to implement the latest industry capability to enable projects and enhance operational performance.

Brian holds a Diploma in Engineering Management, from Bristol University England and both a BA and MA honors degree in Engineering from Cambridge University England.

Industry News

Tullow announces oil find at Carapa-1

Tullow has announced that the Carapa-1 exploration well, drilled on the Kanuku licence offshore Guyana, has encountered approximately four metres of net oil pay based on preliminary interpretation, and has extended the prolific Cretaceous oil play into the Group’s Guyana acreage.

Mark MacFarlane, Chief Operating Officer, said that “The Carapa-1 result is an important exploration outcome with positive implications for both the Kanuku and Orinduik blocks.

MacFarlane also indicated that while net pay and reservoir development at this location are below the pre-drill estimates, he said “We are encouraged to find good quality oil which proves the extension of the prolific Cretaceous play into our acreage.

Rig site testing has indicated that the oil is 27 degrees API with a sulphur content of less than 1%.

He added that Tullow will now integrate the results of the three exploration wells drilled in these adjacent licences into our Guyana and Suriname geological and geophysical models before deciding the future work programme.”

The Valaris EXL II jack-up rig drilled the Carapa-1 well to a total Depth of 3,290 metres in 68 metres of water and the well will now be plugged and abandoned.

Repsol Exploración Guyana, S.A. is the operator of the Kanuku block with a 37.5% stake. Tullow Guyana B.V. also holds a 37.5% stake with Total E&P Guyana B.V. holding the remaining 25%.


Shaping the Caribbean’s Energy Future

The Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference is the major annual conference of the energy sector in Trinidad and Tobago. The conference is one of the largest and most respected in the region.

In 2020, the theme of the conference will be “Shaping the Caribbean’s Energy Future”.

The regional energy sector is changing with new discoveries in deepwater and off mainland South America and increasing penetration of renewable energy in other island territories.

This conference will promote competitiveness of companies operating in the sector and focus on six sub themes including Improving Local Content, the Energy Transition, Enhancing the Gas Value Chain, Fiscal Reform, Industrial Relations and Digitization and Regional Energy Development.