The Energy Chamber says the decision by BpTT not to construct the Angelin platform in Trinidad and Tobago, signals an urgent need for increased productivity in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Chamber responded to BpTT's decision via a media statement Wednesday morning.
"All responsible stakeholders in the country must be disappointed by the decision not to construct the Angelin platform in La Brea.
However, this decision has been driven by the need to ensure that natural gas is available in Trinidad & Tobago by early 2019.
The Chamber of Industry and Commerce says the lost opportunity to construct the Angelin platform here in T&T, should concern all of the country.
The Chamber says it must be seen in the light of the need for economic activity and job creation.
The following is a statement issued by the Chamber today.
"The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce firmly believes that the lost opportunity to have bpTT’s Angelin Platform built in La Brea should concern us all.
OWTU president Ancel Roget says the decision by BpTT to not construct its Angelin platform here is because he believes the company could not get its way with workers.
Labour issues have been partially blamed for the delays that forced BpTT to construct the platform in the US instead.
Roget says the union is not relenting on its decision to protest when the union believes it is acting in the best interest of the workers.
Former Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine says the decision by BpTT not to build the Angelin platform in La Brea, is not surprising.
He says delays as a result of industrial action contributed to it.
The former minister issued this statement on the matter today:
"BP's decision to not build the Angelin platform at La Brea is disappointing but should come as no surprise. There are two issues that led us to this point.
Firstly, the energy sector's ability to deliver projects has been severely impacted by industrial relations unrest and increasing red tape.