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UPDATE - EMA Completes Investigation in the Pt. Lisas Bay Area

Thursday October 26, 2017 - 6.30PM Port of Spain:- Following the EMA's Media Release on Wednesday October 25, 2017 regarding a disturbed subsea pipeline in the Pt. Lisas Bay area, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has concluded its investigation of the incident and reports as follows:

  1.  The subsea pipeline constructed in 1996, currently owned and operated by Point Lisas Nitrogen Limited (PLNL), which discharges seawater effluent from PLNL’s cooling towers, was found to be dislodged from its original laydown position by DeNovo Energy. DeNovo Energy is carrying-out trenching works in the Pt. Lisas Bay in preparation for the installation of a subsea natural gas pipeline.  DeNovo Energy has a Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC#4905/2016) granting authorization to carry out these works.
  2.  No environmental breaches have occurred.  The investigation has concluded that owing to natural forces at the seabed, the pipeline has overtime, moved off its original laydown position, intersecting with the approved trenching route of DeNovo Energy.

Both DeNovo Energy and PLNL are in regular communication to ensure that ongoing works are carried out to avoid any disruption to the existing seawater discharge pipeline and any other existing assets in the area.  The EMA will continue to monitor this project in accordance with the requirements of CEC#4905/2016.

The EMA expresses its gratitude to those concerned members of the public who continue to provide information on any potential environmental emergencies via our emergency telephone number 680-9588 or email via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

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