Sunday 29 November, 2020

Heritage to increase mobile patrols after gas lines cut in Barrackpore

Energy Minister, Franklin Khan (Photo courtesy the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago)

Energy Minister, Franklin Khan (Photo courtesy the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago)

Heritage Petroleum Company Limited has implemented preventative measures after several of its three-inch gas lines were cut in Barrackpore on Friday.

Responding to an urgent question in the Senate on Monday, Energy Minister Franklin Khan stated that incidents like these do occur in the southwestern peninsula where there are hundreds of miles of pipeline. He said it has been a "perennial problem over the years."

The Energy Minister described the latest incident as a "dangerous exercise", and added that "luckily" the lines were dormant.

Khan said Heritage plans to increase mobile patrols in the area with the assistance of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and to implement a CCTV system.

The Minister added that a hotline will also be established to allow residents in the area to report any instances of theft or sabotage.

He further urged the community to assist the company in helping to monitor its assets.

In a statement on Sunday, Heritage said several of its three-inch gas lines were found to be cut, following a report of sabotage near the Gathering Station No.3 in Barrackpore around 10.15 am on Friday.

Security officers responded and found the lines were cut.They searched the area and found a 100 lb propane gas cylinder, a 100 lb oxygen cylinder, a cutting torch, chains and rope.

Heritage Petroleum added that the lines were inactive, avoiding a “very serious incident”.

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