PowerGen is driving opportunities to use waste heat and reduce carbon emissions
January 18th, 2023
The Power Generation Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (PowerGen) is a reliable and socially responsible long-term energy partner, committed to a greener, more sustainable T&T.
PowerGen is the largest and longest serving independent power producer in Trinidad and Tobago supplying about 825MW to the national grid, and has over 250 employees. It was formed when the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) divested its generation assets in 1994 with the T&TEC holding 51%, and MaruEnergy Caribbean LLC, a subsidiary of the Marubeni Corporation, with 39% interest, and National Enterprises Limited with 10% interest.
In October 2021, Dr. Haydn I. Furlonge was appointed as General Manager of PowerGen in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and having to deal with health risk and supply chain challenges whilst delivering an essential service. Also at the forefront of his focus is guiding the Company’s energy transition to a lower-carbon future. Dr. Furlonge has broad international energy experience of over 22 years, building energy value chains in collaboration with a variety of multinational stakeholders.
Dr. Furlonge’s priorities are maintaining PowerGen’s reliability and delivering clean and affordable power. “All of PowerGen’s electricity is produced from natural gas, so in a sense operations are already clean in that we are using the cleanest fossil fuel.” He considers waste heat as a valuable energy resource and notes that “at the moment, we are wasting waste heat”. PowerGen is therefore, behind the scene, driving opportunities to capture and use waste heat which can reduce carbon emissions and can redirect natural gas to more profitable uses.
Dr. Furlonge notes that “the generation cost from renewable energy has also fallen significantly and we are working to diversify our energy mix.” At the same time, the country will continue to need base load power from gas and PowerGen is also keenly interested in developing newer more efficient gas-fired generators.
One of PowerGen’s new Corporate Social Responsibility pillars focuses on “New Energy Leaders”. Dr. Furlonge explained, “the idea is to create future engineers, technicians and managers to serve the power sector.’’ PowerGen is keen to partner with all stakeholders – academia, business Chambers, professional Associations, Government and energy players, to help build a sustainable power sector for T&T.
Extracted from the Who’s Who in Trinidad & Tobago in Business, 2022-2023 publication.
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