Who is NGC?
Who is NGC?
You probably already know that a company called NGC exists. After all, you’re browsing our website, right?
But how much do you really know about NGC?
Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about a company that impacts our lives on so many ways.
NGC belongs to you
Hang on, now, this doesn’t mean you can feel free to run up and down through the hallways! Let us explain.
NGC is a State Enterprise, which means it is a business owned by Trinidad and Tobago itself. It has its own President and Board of Directors, who have the power to make many decisions about the company’s business on their own. But NGC answers to the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs, which oversees a lot of what goes on in energy-related sectors such as oil and gas.
All of NGC’s shares are also owned by the Ministry of Finance, which means that a lot of the money NGC makes goes to the government. Part of this money goes to the government as “dividends”, meaning it is the government’s rightful share as owner. Another part of it goes to the government in the form of taxes, which NGC has to pay just like any other company.
So, how does that make NGC yours? Well, NGC is the largest contributor to the government treasury, as we pay more through taxes and dividends than any other company in T&T. This money is used for nation-building activities, small and large, including salaries for public servants, constructing roads, building schools and hospitals.
That means that the money NGC makes selling the gas found in YOUR country directly benefits YOU.
NGC is not just one company
NGC is actually a group of companies. Each company has a specific responsibility, and all of them work together for the development of the natural gas sector. Some of these companies are
- National Energy Corporation, which builds and manages infrastructure for gas-based businesses, such as industrial estates and ports.
- NGC CNG Company Limited, which works to promote, accelerate and expand the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a major, alternative, transportation fuel in the country.
- Trinidad and Tobago LNG Ltd., which owns shares in Atlantic LNG, the company that produces liquefied natural gas for export to the USA and Europe. Atlantic LNG is in Point Fortin.
- NGC Pipeline Company Ltd., which constructs natural gas pipelines to expand NGC’s pipeline network.
- Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited (PPGPL), a company on the Point Lisas Industrial Estate that removes natural gas liquids and heavy gases from the natural gas stream. These gases and liquids are exported and sold.
Of course, when most people say “NGC” they mean the original parent company, which buys, compresses, transports, distributes and sells natural gas to large, medium, and small consumers.
Which brings us to:
NGC buys and sells natural gas
Many of the oil companies operating off the north and south-east coasts of Trinidad also encounter natural gas during oil extraction. They sell this gas to NGC after pumping it into NGC’s pipeline network.
In turn, NGC pumps the gas onshore to a facility where it is “scrubbed”, meaning all mud, dirt, water, and other liquids such as natural gasoline are removed. For more about this, click on What Is Natural Gas.
The gas is then returned to the pipeline to be sent to consumers.
NGC transmits and distributes natural gas
What’s the difference between transmission and distribution? We’re glad you asked.
Transmission is the movement of large amounts of natural gas across long distances, through very wide pipelines, such as 56-inch, 30-inch and 24-inch in diameter. For example, gas can be transmitted from the south-east coast to Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited for processing.
Distribution is the delivery of gas from the main pipeline to individual consumers. This is typically done through smaller diameter pipelines. These smaller pipelines go directly to the consumer, where NGC has gas measuring stations installed, so each company’s consumption of gas can be accurately measured and billed.
To find out what kinds of companies used natural gas, and what they use it for, click on The Uses of Natural Gas.
NGC is an expert at pipeline construction and maintenance
Since its incorporation in 1975, NGC has undertaken many major pipeline construction operations, expanding its pipeline network to just over 1,000 km. Its major pipeline construction programmes include
- The NEO Pipeline Project, a 36” diameter offshore pipeline from the BHP Billiton offshore field to the 36” BUD offshore pipeline.
- The Tobago Pipeline Project, a 12” diameter line from the BHP Billiton offshore field to the Cove Eco-Industrial Business Parkland in Lowlands, Tobago. This line supplies natural gas to the T&TEC power generation plant located at Cove. In the future, it will supply gas to smaller companies on the estate. This pipeline is also capable of transporting natural gas to islands in the Eastern Caribbean, which we hope to do in years to come.
NGC’s 56” diameter pipeline, constructed a few years ago, is one of the widest pipelines in the world.
NGC is so well known for its expertise in pipeline construction that it is often asked to construct pipelines for other companies. The new Liquid Fuels Pipeline, which was designed to transport liquid fuels such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from Petrotrin at Point a Pierre to a holding facility at Caroni, was built by NGC for the government of T&T.
We are also often asked to help other companies that own pipelines, such as WASA, for complicated pipeline operations.
NGC puts your safety first
Natural gas is flammable, and therefore it is important that it be handled properly to avoid accidents. NGC has had an excellent safety record over the years. This is because it conducts its operations at least up to the standards required by international organisations, and in many cases it exceeds these guidelines, just to be sure.
These standards describe exactly how NGC must operate for the safety of all, and cover every aspect of the business, from how the gas is handled on the platforms to the depth and thickness of the pipelines. From how the gas is monitored to how employees must dress for work in the field.
We also work with all communities affected by our operations. We make sure these communities are informed about our operations and know what to do in an emergency. We do this through meetings, school visits, articles in the media, training, and this website.
Remember that our 24-hour emergency number is 800-4427, or 800-4GAS. You can call this number whenever you have questions or concerns, or if you have an emergency.
To read more about Natural Gas Safety.
NGC helps make communities stronger
NGC likes to be a good neighbour. This means that it tries to form relationships with people in the communities where it operates. And considering that we have a network of over 1,000 km of pipelines criss-crossing Trinidad, and reaching as far as Tobago, you can well imagine that our “neighbourhood” is almost the whole country!
We make sure that a significant part of our profits go directly to communities in ways that help people live better, more fulfilling lives. Here are some ways we do this:
We sponsor or host training programmes that qualify people to work in the energy business, or which give them skills to find employment elsewhere.
We help make science education interesting and fun for young people by sponsoring the NIHERST/NGC National Science Centre and the popular Sci-Techknofest. You probably visited the last exhibition and had a great time, right?
We support athletic training programmes, and sponsor the construction or refurbishment of sporting grounds and playing fields. You may have passed through the NGC Right On Track programme, which teaches basic athletic skills to children around the country.
We sponsor art and culture, music and dance. The NGC Bocas Lit Fest and NGC Sanfest, are among our major sponsorships.
We help other organisations that serve people in need, such as children’s homes and homes for the elderly, and institutions such as the Youth Training Centre. Why? Because everyone deserves a chance in life.
NGC is a national company, working to make life better for you
So you see, NGC is a large company with a very important role to play. We are so much more than a gas company. We play an important role in bringing a vital commodity to users whose products affect all of our daily lives, while keeping in mind the safety of our communities. Through our community programmes we touch many lives, and hope to make those lives better as we do.