Gas-based Downstream Energy

Gas-based Downstream Energy

Investment Opportunities

  • LNG

    Liquefied Natural Gas
  • Alternative Fuels

    & Fuel Additives - CNG, Petrochemicals for fuels, DME
  • Metals Processing

  • Downstream Methanol

    DME & Plastics
  • Downstream Ammonia

    Urea, Fertiliser Applications
  • Inorganic Chemicals

    Food Preservatives
  • Biochemicals

    Natural Gas to Protein

Liquefied Natural Gas

Trinidad and Tobago is already a global player in LNG exports from the world-class Atlantic LNG facility. At this time, it is prudent that a regional hub for LNG is considered, targeting the needs of regional markets. As such, emphasis is also being placed on LNG bunkering as well as small-scale modular projects.

Alternative Fuels & Fuel Additives — CNG, Petrochemicals for Fuels (eg: flex fuels), DMEThere are potential investment opportunities in the development, production and utilisation of alternative fuels and fuel additives as the country seeks to increase the efficiency of transportation fuels as well as minimise the carbon footprint from fossil fuels sources for both on-land vehicles and for offshore vessels.

Metals Processing - Aluminum

The processing of metals provides the platform for the creation of substantial employment opportunities, the development of specialised skill sets, as well as technology transfer in the development of new products. The metals processing industry is also power-intensive. However, investors in Trinidad and Tobago can benefit from the development of such an industry due mainly in part to the competitively priced electricity cost for such an industry.

Examples of downstream industries that can be established from a metals-processing downstream industry include: Galvanized materials; Roofing materials; Rebars; Electrical Cables; Wires; Skid and Vessel platforms; Pressure Vessels, Storage Tanks; Rims, Rods; Sheets; Angles, Flats, Billets; Roofing materials; Ingots; Vehicle body parts; Foil; Doors and Windows.

Downstream Methanol — DME and Plastics

The development of a plastics manufacturing industry as a component of downstream energy is of paramount importance for the diversification of the energy industry. The main pillars of this effort would lead to a more vibrant consumer industry that is energy-sector driven. This industry would include a vast variety of plastic products, for both domestic and export demand. The collaborative efforts of the energy and manufacturing sectors can lend to a major increase in local employment and national GDP growth.

Downstream Ammonia — Urea, Fertiliser Applications

Opportunities exist for smaller gas-based industries to be established using the output from primary chemical production facilities or by developing fully integrated processing plants. Downstream ammonia products lend to a variety of consumer products that are in high demand, such as fertilisers, which ultimately boost food production.

Inorganic Chemicals

Since processing industries for inorganic chemicals do not primarily rely on natural gas as a raw material, there is a broad scope for developing these products in Trinidad and Tobago. Examples of such applications include food preservatives, water treatment chemicals, industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc. Such industries are not highly capital-intensive and are relatively easy to establish in terms of resources and raw material requirements.

Biochemicals – Natural Gas to Protein

Protein consumption is necessary for the health and benefit of living organisms. Protein can add quality and physical profile to food and can enter the market, even as an additive to food products. In order to lower the prices of food products and maintain a high amino acid content in healthy products, protein can be mixed into a variety of food products, especially in the case of fish meal and feed products for poultry and livestock. The natural gas requirement and other utilities/inputs that are required to produce single-cell protein are minimal when compared to the dominant petrochemical industry. Additionally, the development of specialised skill sets and opportunities for R&D would be prevalent and required for the development of such an industry.

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