Toppin: Deal with natural gas shortage

Unfortunate and unacceptable.

That is how Ronald Toppin, the Opposition spokesperson on tourism and international transport is describing the shortage of natural gas that has hit the South Coast, hurting the businesses of restaurateurs and hoteliers in the area.

In a statement issued today, the Member of Parliament called for authorities to move quickly to deal with the problem, warning that the shortage could not have come at a worst time.

“We are currently at the peak of our winter season and after many years of turbulence our tourism industry really cannot withstand any more shocks,” Toppin stated.

“I can’t say that there’s any quick fix to this problem, but certainly it brings into issue the whole question of planning. The question really has to be asked ‘has the Government been investing sufficiently in the production of natural gas reserves to satisfy the demand’, or perhaps put differently ‘has the Government been taking too much profit from the oil company such that the company has been unable to make adequate investment in the production of natural gas reserves to satisfy the demand?’”

He surmised that the demand for natural gas would increase even more when Sandals opens its doors in a few weeks time.

The Opposition member added: “It is imperative that the Government move on this very, very quickly because you must bear in mind that the complaints by tourists now are directly about their dissatisfaction with the service that they’re receiving on the island and we certainly do not need to compound our problems in the industry with a whole set of dissatisfied tourists.

 

 

3 Responses to Toppin: Deal with natural gas shortage

  1. jr smith January 18, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Who is running barbados, this is so tin pot and mickey mouse.
    This is a serious matter , no one knows, how to address.
    Some one from overseas ,will eventually put it right.

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  2. Shawn Trini Kissoondath
    Shawn Trini Kissoondath January 18, 2015 at 9:03 am

    may need to import

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  3. Tony Waterman January 18, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    @Ronald Toppin!!!!! In my Humble OPINION UR Starement QUOTE:”The question really has to be asked ‘has the Government been investing sufficiently in the production of natural gas reserves to satisfy the demand’, or perhaps put differently ‘has the Government been taking too much profit from the oil company such that the company has been unable to make adequate investment in the production of natural gas reserves to satisfy the demand?’” COULD/MAYBE correct, but i still think that you are barking up this tree on the wrong side.
    When i was a wee Lad there were Natural Gas Pipes Underground across MUCH of Barbados, they were Natural Gas LAMPS that were lit on DUSK and put out at DAWN, and i don’t remember at anytime during my lifetime (septuagenarian now ) seeing anyone in any of the Governments in my time Going around and Replacing aged Natural Gas Infastructure, same as with the Water Syupply Pipes that are alway bursting now.
    So my take on these gas disruptions, is that there is an UNFOUND leak somewhere in that Natural Gas System, and if they don’t get some HELP in finding it soon, there is going to be the worse Disaster we have seen in Bardados in a LONG time.
    Some Person is going to one day Light up a Cigarette, Light up a Blow torch or even a Stve in their House/Hotel/Restaurand, and will be blown to Smithereens. there you go you would have found your LEAK or at least one of them.
    TO THE POWERS THAT BE: FAN OUT ACROSS BARBADOS WITH GAS SNIFFERS AND FIND THOSE LEAKS IN THE GAS INFRASTRUCTURE.Maybe if you CAN add air pressure to the system that will/Might aid i finding them faster.
    Good luck to all. because this could not have happened at a worse time in the Fiscal History of Barbados

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