British Gas in Trinidad

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1.0 INTRODUCTION

British Gas, better known as BG T&T is an established company in Trinidad and Tobago. This company supplies natural gas for domestic use and also liquefaction and export. In addition, BG T&T is a significant shareholder in the Atlantic LNG plant in Point Fortin, Trinidad, and has recently acquired the central block upstream operations on land. BG Trinidad & Tobago (BG T&T) has been operating in the region since 1989. It is operator (?) and has 50 per cent equity in the Dolphin field, off the east coast of Trinidad. The field supplies up to 264 million standard cubic feet of gas per day to the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago under a 20-year supply contract. A development plan for the ‘Dolphin Deep' and ‘Starfish' fields in the East Coast Marine Area has been submitted to the Government of Trinidad & Tobago.

1.1 SOCIAL ISSUES

Of great importance to the gas exploration and development activities are the impacts on the social, economic and environment. BG, therefore has an obligation to recognize and manage the potential impact of their industry on national and local communities, on economies and the environment in which they operate. British Gas believes that their business activities can create economic opportunities and benefits to enhance the quality of life for both their employees and the communities in which they operate. Therefore, BG has put into place a policy defined as Corporate Responsibilities to manage its' role in society in a responsible way. There has been pressure for a mandatory system of corporate reporting by Non-Governmental Organizations and the politicians who have recognized the value of corporate responsibilities. There was a risk that mandatory approach would suppress innovation and impose unnecessary burdens with the natural result of cost increase on data collection. However, the expected requirement that social, material and environmental risk must be reported publicly was an efficient way to...
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