09/28 Closing prices / revised 09/29/2023 08:42 GMT  |    09/28    OPEC Basket    97.48        +0.40 |    09/28   Mexico Basket (MME)        $88.12       -1.31  06/23  Venezuela Basket (Merey) $57.37  + 1.15 ( from previous month)  (Est. OPEC)  | 09/28    NYMEX WTI Texas Intermediate November  CLX23  $91.71     -1.97  | 09/28    ICE Brent November  BRNX23   $95.38     -1.17  | 09/2 8   NYMEX Gasoline October  RBV23    $2.505    -3 6%   09/28    NYMEX  Heating Oil  October HOV23   $3.318     +0.1%    |  09/28    Natural Gas November NGX23    $2.945     +1.6%  09/22    Active U.S. Rig Count (Oil & Gas)    630      -11 | 09/29    USD/MXN Mexican Peso   17.4471  Live data  | 09/29      EUR/USD  1.0610 Live data  | 09/29   US/Bs. (Bolivar)      $34.3009000  ( data BCV)    |

CoE Chairman stunned by Paria engineer on the tragic deaths of 4 divers – T&T Newsday

‘You don’t know?’ – The Commission of Enquiry chairman stunned by Paria Fuel Trading engineer

Jerome Lynch, KC CoE Chairman

Sean Douglas, T&T Newsday

Energiesnet.com 11 29 2022

JEROME LYNCH KC, chairman of the Commission of Enquiry (CoE) into the tragic deaths of four divers in an undersea pipeline at Pointe-a-Pierre on February 25, seemed exasperated at the poor recollection of a witness at Thursday’s hearing at the International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain.

Hassan Mohammed, facilities engineer at Paria Fuel Trading Company, at several times could not give an answer when questioned by Lynch and commission counsel Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, SC.

Mohammed’s role had been to initially set out the scope of works to repair the pipeline.

Lynch said Paria had said the contractor (LMCS) was responsible for ensuring the safe removal of hydrocarbons from the pipeline, to leave it clear and dry, to facilitate repair work.

Mohammed agreed.

Lynch asked what exactly was meant by the term “clear and dry.” Lynch said, “It means ‘nothing in it’? I need to understand precisely what it means to you.”

Mohammed replied, “I’d interpret it that wherever repairs are to be carried out, the line has to be product-free. I’d understand it that the line needs to be hydrocarbon-free at that point as a minimum.”

Lynch said, “No, no, no. You’re saying it means just a little bit, above the plug? Is that’s what it’s supposed to mean? Are you really saying that’s what it’s supposed to mean?”

Mohammed said, “I understand what you mean by clear and dry. I’d interpret it as a minimum, at least that area needs to be clear.”

Hassan Mohammed –

Lynch said the CoE document was supposed to clear up any ambiguities.

He stormed, “Is that at the very best ambiguous, and at the worst misleading?”

Mohammed said, “You could interpret it as clear and dry.”

Lynch said, “It wasn’t clear and dry, was it?”

Mohammed replied, “I don’t know.”

An exasperated Lynch said, “You don’t know?”

Mohammed said, “If the line was clear and dry, I don’t know how much product was remaining in the line after that. I can’t say if it was cleared and dry.”

Nyree Alfonso, counsel for the Seamen and Waterfront Workers Union, asked Mohammed if officials at Paria had discussed the tragedy.

Mohammed said, “I can’t recall.” Pressed, he then said people might have discussed it informally but not at any official meetings.

Prakash Ramadhar, counsel for the family of one of the dead divers, Fyzal Kurban, asked Mohammed when he had first seen an addendum to the project documents. He replied, “Approximately a month ago.”

Ramadhar asked if Paria officials had signed the addendum – which was displayed for the hearing to view – to which Mohammed said no.

newsday.co.tt 11 26 2022

Share this news

Support EnergiesNet.com

By Elio Ohep · Launched in 1999 under Petroleumworld.com

Information & News on Latin America’s Energy, Oil, Gas, Renewables, Climate, Technology, Politics and Social issues

Contact : editor@petroleuworld.com

CopyRight©1999-2021, EnergiesNet.com™  / Elio Ohep – All rights reserved

This site is a public free site and it contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner.We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of business, environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have chosen to view the included information for research, information, and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission fromPetroleumworld or the copyright owner of the material.

Scroll to Top