Project Description

Reading through the list of tenants on the Point Lisas Industrial Estate is like looking at a ‘Who’s Who’ from the worlds of petrochemicals, chemicals, oil & gas, power generation, desalination, grain production, heavy and light manufacturing, and numerous allied operations and support services.

This world-class industrial park is home to more than 100 local and international companies. Ease of access to vast resources of natural gas has been a strong incentive for leading manufacturers of ammonia, urea, methanol, other petrochemicals and steel to move in.

The 860-hectare Industrial Estate, owned and operated by PLIPDECO, is 100%occupied. All tenants lease their land from PLIPDECO and build their own facilities, subject to approval and to compliance with environmental terms and conditions and other lease conditions. About 20 other companies operate on their own land or via sub-leases and under-leases. The Estate and Facilities team of 30 people is responsible for roads, drains, signage and overall Estate management, as well as PLIPDECO’s leases which are negotiated by the Legal team.

“We assist tenants with their statutory obligations to get their building permits and planning approvals and we are responsible for any operational issues,”

Judy Beepath-Ramjohn, PLIPDECO’s Manager, Estate and Facilities

One of the most challenging aspects of the Estate is what the eye can’t actually see – a substantial and complex network of underground pipes linking many companies to each other as well as to berths in the harbour. Any new pipelines or networking connections must be approved by PLIPDECO.

“These pipelines do not belong to us but we are responsible for managing where they go”

“There are so many synergies on the Estate. For example, the carbon dioxide that is a by-product of Caribbean Nitrogen Plant’s ammonia production is used by several tenants as vital feedstock. The power generation plant produces a lot of steam which can be used for the ammonia facility.”

PLIPDECO has a very important environmental management and monitoring role, to ensure all tenants adhere to the guidelines. Many original 30-year leases are in the process of renewals, providing an opportunity to enforce even more stringent environmental protection requirements.

New developments continue, including:

•DeNovo’s new gas processing plant is a vital element in the company’s agreement to supply natural gas to the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC).

•Qualitec’s new warehouse will provide facilities for welding and industrial fabrication, to support oil & gas downstream works.

PLIPDECO Warehousing Expansion

A major new warehousing facility will be built by PLIPDECO. The project will provide five new buildings with a total 40,000 sq. ft. of space next to PLIPDECO’s existing warehousing. Construction will take 18 months. A second site is earmarked for another 100,000 sq. ft. of warehousing, to be built according to demand. These facilities will expand PLIPDECO’s range of logistical services for players in the supply chain by providing them with warehousing service models that are both flexible and innovative.

PLIPDECO has a very important environmental management and monitoring role, to ensure all tenants adhere to the guidelines. Many original 30-year leases are in the process of renewals, providing an opportunity to enforce even more stringent environmental protection requirements.

A complex network of pipelines connects operations on the industrial estate to the quayside and to each other.

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