Opportunities for La Brea
Thursday, April 18 2013
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WITH new petrochemical plants earmarked for the site previously reserved to house an Alutrint smelter project, Neal and Massy Group president and group chief executive officer Gervase Warner, expressed optimism that the project would receive the approval of the local environmental movement saying the proposed plants would provide a cleaner fuel which would benefit the environment.
Warner was speaking to reporters following an Energy Chamber luncheon at Cara Suites Hotel and Conference Centre, Claxton Bay, yesterday on the topic, “downstream business opportunities with Neal and Massy”
Told that the local environmental movement had previously objected to the aluminum smelter plant at La Brea, Warner said there were several marked differences to the smelter plant as the Di methyl ether (DME) was regarded as a “green fuel.”
“This is methanol to DME plant. Methanol is produced in this country already and it’s what is called a clean fuel. DME is another green fuel, and I would expect that the environmentalists would be encouraging us to do this,” Warner said.
He noted that one of DME’s applications was as “a substitute for diesel and I would expect any environmentalists to want to see as much DME replace diesel as a fuel in Trinidad and Tobago because we don’t even have the cleanest burning diesel. We have that grey-black smoke burning diesel that we all see on our highway so wouldn’t it be fantastic to see less of that and have more clean vehicles on our streets.”
“I hope the environmentalists can see this is a good project for the environment and it is not a plant that has emissions that would have a negative impact on the environment,’ he said, adding, “We are going on a location that was cleared for an aluminum smelter, this is going to be a lot less environmentally unfriendly than something like that but I am hoping we will get their support. Of course we will listen to them whatever concerns they have, we will try to address them the best we can.”
He said the construction phase would take approximately two years and the plant was expected to come online in 2016.