Environment rmnaNn.y.,itsy. ApfO24.1S.e 19
Trinidad is an industrial giant
Offers major ports, factories, oil, natural gas, more
Last week. I grve a brief histo- replace oil as the mainstay of the sub-sector producing household
ry of Trinidad and Tobago. We S s country's economy. Asphalt is appliance, motor vehicles and a
learned about the different ethnc saother atural resource on Trin- rowing printing and publishing
group that make up the rich cul. [ S idad. It i the world's largest pitch ind Tho gnnront industry in
lure of te IslaUds. Lake. The reserves of this asphalt the country has also grown tre-
This week, we will focus on MuHrH c'are oostimatod at 420 years. mendously.
Trinidad as an industrial giMat in Sales earn from asphalt are Trinidad is also the second
the Caribbean around $4 million to $5 million largest exporter of ammonia in
When I visited Trinidad, I We all know Trinid produce e r ear with 90 percent of Its proe the world. However, the greatest
noticed bthe busy ports and mannu- oil. Traditionally, oil dominated duction exported to tbo the United pontial to generate employment
facturino fctores. The island's the Trinidad and Tobago econo. State at 12 petrct; Germny 54 oppotunitocs within a short period
mi port re Poi-o-Splp ent and the United Kingdom of time is tourism.
min ports ac -of-1i, m34peLrn Other minerals ar Iroan
Chuarsamss ay, Point LIes and Oil contributes one-third of albeit, linite,coa, g um. The government is vigorously
Point Temblsdora. Tlnaldad's revenue and two-thirds limestone, d gravel and clay. prmo ing th sector of thi coun.
There are also six other mall- of the country's foreign change. try's economy. There has been
or ports on the Island. Port-of- However, after the oil ladustry Agriculture report in Trinidad substontlal ep niom in the hotel
Spain s one of the major pots in peaked a 1978-79 at 230000 bar- has declined although cocoa, sungr industry. Improvement projects
Trinidad. which provides spaoe tor rels per day, production began and citrus are still major inadus- have booeen made at the Pieroc
large vsels, which load and ing stcdily w no mor tri The county also grows its ternational Airport.
cnloa d mrgo. d : = Zsbena boel y 1970 Own rice for t pcahproIrlan or ane
The poefIs malsoby fardthe ~ lowest level Sinc 1965. Vegetables, coconuts fruits international airport. In 1995.
potla the aster ribban haT- e o Industry was al so ham- and tobacco are also produced In stayovcr visitors totalled 260.000
up yrom 4 percent In 1994. Tho
ing bndled 2.6 million tons of pred by the continual fall in abndnce Ab 50 pect of m industry ha been growing
caro In 1996. world press. Today. the oil Ector Trinidad and Tobgo I forest id I ustry as growing
The Chaguramn Day port s of Trinidad accounts for only with an annual produeton from pidly.
used primarily for bauxite and about 30 percent of the country's locl fores at 18. mIllion hosed Suropeans adw account for
r ifeet. Ther ar 63 sawmills, match over half the touri mt In Trinidad
timber vessels. Polnt Lisas is r ue. factory and several future fac followed by Americans. In Toba-
deep water harbor on the west side There i also natural gas In ries. go, about 80 percent of tourists are
of the island. It was designed Trinidad. Amoco is the largest fac inidad from Europe. Thus, Trinidad has
speclflically to serve the needs of producer of natural gas on the is well manuablihed Trinidad t reputation of being the industry.
the energy based Industries onthe Iland. About 76 percent of its is weat gsablished. Fo pod s its t ben
Point lsas Industrial tte. producioo i from the marine iag accounts for nearly alfthe l giant of the Caribbean.
Point Tembladoris a another d dthe url gas Industry sector including rm soft drinks. Next week's column will focus
deep water port. which is used for In Trinidad, thera are many con- beer, meat. poultry, h, frit ad on Trinidad and Tobago establish.
draspotio8 bausite. cOn Tobog facts with foreign countries such vegetables* ing itself as a leading ceo-tourism
Scarboroulg s s dax p watr port as Britain. The second largest ara s s centerin the Caribbean.
for cruise ships and other lage In 1995. Amoco announced its chemicals and nonmetallic prod- Tr ar relect the view of
vessels. Those ports are just some discovery of natural gas, which ucts Including petrochemicals, Olasee Davis, a St. Croix ecolo.
of Trinidad's lodustrial strength of was estimated to contain about 3.5 pharmaceuticml. cement and other tt, cv ad writer who hs a
moving millions of dollars of trillion cubic feet of recoverable construsion materials. mter of science etree in range
products Internationally. gas. It is fairly certaln that gas will Also, there is a large assembly managemerU and forestry ecology.