Rowley praises TOFCO staff for exemplary work
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has stressed the importance of the oil and gas industry as he addressed staff during his visit of the Brighton, La Brea facility owned by the Trinidad Offshore Fabricators Company Unlimited (TOFCO).
TOFCO is a provider of fabrication, construction and offshore services for the oil and gas industry. The company is currently fabricating the jacket and bridge landing frame for Cassia C – BP Trinidad and Tobago’s 16th offshore facility. This is the latest in a long list of BPTT infrastructure that has been constructed at TOFCO.
Speaking directly to employees on Friday, Dr Rowley underscored the importance of the work in the sector which he said was directly linked to Trinidad and Tobago’s economic well-being. He congratulated the company for its outstanding performance which he lauded as world-class.
“Every time a project is selected for this site it is because you are world-class because this business is competitive. These projects will only come here if we can compete with others who are doing it. So once a project comes here that is confirmation that you are winning,” Dr Rowley said.
Claire Fitzpatrick, Regional President for BPTT, accompanied the Prime Minister on the tour. She said the project showcases BPTT's continued efforts to contribute to the development of the island.
“This partnership demonstrates our commitment to the BPTT aspiration which calls on us to be a partner in the development of Trinidad and Tobago and to have a positive impact on the lives of citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. At the same time, we are also committed to developing local capability and capacity. For us, that means working with local companies to build the capability necessary to be globally competitive,” she noted.
Fitzpatrick added that BPTT’s partnership with TOFCO is one of the industry’s real success stories.
“Over the past 14 years or so TOFCO has played an important role in our development plans. To put it into context, BPTT accounts for over half of Trinidad and Tobago’s gas production so that your work at TOFCO is more than just constructing a facility, it has a direct impact on national gas supply and the national economy.”
Also present were: Minister of Energy and Energy Industries Franklyn Khan; Minister of Housing and Urban Development and Point Fortin MP, Major General (Ret’d) Edmund Dillon and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries and Member of Parliament for La Brea, Nicole Olivierre.