Trinis the Dragon is being awoken !

link bravos Joined: Oct 13, 2009
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1/25/23, 7:13:30 AM 
Gas like dat !! cool

link Emir Joined: Aug 8, 2014
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1/25/23, 7:13:53 AM 
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cool

link Emir Joined: Aug 8, 2014
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1/25/23, 7:24:10 AM 
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The decision by the United States government to grant a licence allowing Trinidad and Tobago to develop the Dragon gas field in Venezuelan territorial waters is a major win for T&T and Caricom.

It is a dramatic demonstration of what is possible when the region stands united.

This point was emphasised by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley in announcing the decision yesterday when he acknowledged and thanked his Caricom colleagues one by one for their lobbying efforts which have now borne fruit.

The US Treasury Department’s decision to approve T&T’s application for a waiver from US sanctions against Venezuela to pursue the development of the Dragon gas field opens a significant economic window for T&T and the region.


Although there are many issues in actually moving the project from the point of securing a licence to actually bringing gas ashore, the prospect of gas wouldn’t even exist now without a licence.

The Government therefore deserves kudos for staying the course and working with its Caricom partners to move the needle.

As this newspaper repeatedly stated, the position adopted by the Opposition United National Congress against dealing with the Maduro government was foolish and lacked any sense of realpolitik.

As the US government has demonstrated in Venezuela, above all nations must be led by a clear-eyed view of their own interest and not allow themselves to be caught up in drinking medicine for other people’s fever.

Just three weeks ago, US oil company Chevron moved its first shipment of Venezuelan crude oil to the US after being granted a six-month licence to expand its production in Venezuela and export crude to the US.

That alone should have indicated which way the wind is blowing when it comes to the tight sanctions imposed by the US on Venezuela.

We applaud the Biden administration’s decision to listen and respond to the region’s anxieties over energy security.

It was always unconscionable for the Caribbean islands and their people to become collateral damage in the battle between the US and Venezuela.

If sensitivity to Caribbean challenges is a spin-off benefit of US Vice President Kamala Harris’ Caribbean connections, well, we would happily take that.

Cautioned by the fact that there could be many a slip between cup and lip, we cannot be naïve about the many challenges ahead.



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link DirtyDan Joined: Jun 8, 2017
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1/25/23, 10:44:58 AM 
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Thank Russia too. They contributed immensely to alleviation of pressure off of Venezuela, making approvals by the US an easier proposition.

link Headley Joined: Dec 1, 2007
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1/25/23, 10:54:42 AM 
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The decision by the United States government to grant a licence allowing Trinidad and Tobago to develop the Dragon gas field in Venezuelan territorial waters is a major win for T&T and Caricom.


Major win indeed. I would hold my nose and take it.

link bravos Joined: Oct 13, 2009
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1/25/23, 4:11:47 PM 
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Yep...

link bravos Joined: Oct 13, 2009
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1/25/23, 4:12:12 PM 
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cool cool

link johndom90 Joined: Apr 6, 2005
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1/27/23, 9:41:58 AM 
The decision by the United States government to grant a licence allowing Trinidad and Tobago to develop the Dragon gas field in Venezuelan territorial waters
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Thank God TT got Angostura bitters out of Venezuela long before the US assumed license authority over all things Venezuelan and who can or cannot do business there.

This is a Pyrrhic celebration at best.

link Jumpstart Joined: Nov 29, 2017
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1/27/23, 9:51:30 AM 
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This is a Pyrrhic celebration at best

homie....we need that gas. we not studying semantics. We already signed the deal with venezuela in 2018. Only the sanctions, imposed in 2018/2019 torpedoed temporarily the deal. Originally, contractual payments in cash were being negotiated, and I'm sure whenever the sanctions are lifted, we will have to negotiate a cash price. Countries do that all the time. Our energy sector is our lifeblood so we need a steady supply of gas

link johndom90 Joined: Apr 6, 2005
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1/27/23, 10:02:29 AM 
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I'm not saying we don't need it, the revenue, downstream, et al.

I'm commenting on the need for two sovereign states to get ' permission ' to do business with each other.
How often in the past 8 months have we heard that Ukraine is a sovereign state , right to self determination , join NATO etc.

TT and Venezuela as neighbors have been doing business with each other for centuries

I have not accepted the legality and moral integrity of the unilateral Venezuelan sanctions which are in place.

On top of which the only reason the US is 'allowing ' this is due to unintended domestic consequences of the

ill conceived sanctions against Russia. This is part of window dressing , a show of benevolence as cover going about replacing the loss

of Russian Heavy Oil to their market.

Hypocrisy at its best.

link camos Joined: May 5, 2003
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1/27/23, 10:33:19 AM 
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Hope you guys reserve a lot of cash for when the fickle US reimposed sanctions!

link bravos Joined: Oct 13, 2009
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1/27/23, 11:23:45 AM 
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They sickening, biggest dutty hypocrites in the world..they know why they maintain the largest defense(assault) budget by far globally..

link bravos Joined: Oct 13, 2009
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1/27/23, 11:26:10 AM 
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Bro I'm sick and fed up of them just as you are,so much so I don't have the desire to go there anymore.

Just glad that we can now move on with the pending business..

link Emir Joined: Aug 8, 2014
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1/27/23, 5:02:05 PM 
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I'm not saying we don't need it, the revenue, downstream, et al.

I'm commenting on the need for two sovereign states to get ' permission ' to do business with each other.
How often in the past 8 months have we heard that Ukraine is a sovereign state , right to self determination , join NATO etc.

TT and Venezuela as neighbors have been doing business with each other for centuries

I have not accepted the legality and moral integrity of the unilateral Venezuelan sanctions which are in place.

On top of which the only reason the US is 'allowing ' this is due to unintended domestic consequences of the

ill conceived sanctions against Russia. This is part of window dressing , a show of benevolence as cover going about replacing the loss

of Russian Heavy Oil to their market.

Hypocrisy at its best.


You are absolutely correct. BUT, the permission was to have the USA remove TT from American sanctions. TT was/is free to do business without the permission, but the consequences of doing so would have been devastating.

Small nations are at the mercy of the super powers, especially the USA in the western hemisphere.

Big countries like India and China usually tell them to go to hell and Israel has lots of radical Evangelical Fundamentalist Zionist Christians in the USA congress, so they don't have to worry about sanctions.

link Chrissy Joined: Nov 13, 2002
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1/28/23, 2:26:38 PM 
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This is a Pyrrhic celebration at best.


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