Dear T&T: a Message from Islamic State

The Oath of Allegiance (bay’ at) to the Khilafah/Islamic State made manifest

The female suicide bomber with an infant in her arm who detonated her explosive vest killing herself and the baby is the most potent visual presentation to-date of what is expected by those who pledged the bay’ at to the Khilafah/Islamic State. The detonation of the explosive device, the death of the woman and more importantly the death of the infant made no impact on the strategic reality of the battlefield much less in favour of Islamic State. But this is not the operating logic of Islamic State for IS demands the death of all those that pledged bay’ at to the Khilafah. The issue is the willingness to die on the orders of the Islamic State and for the Islamic State regardless of the strategic realities of the battlefield. For the Islamic State there is only hijrah to IS there is no hijrah from an IS in tatters and facing ongoing defeat on the battlefield by those Islamic State declared enemies of Islam. When you undertake hijrah to IS the only acceptable manner to leave is as a corpse. The Islamic State is then no different from Jim Jones and David Koresh.

There is a potent lesson in the action of the woman for all those countries faced with the threat of extremist attacks especially those countries where the hijrah to the Islamic State was/is a fact of life. Note carefully! The woman is carrying the infant in her left hand, she has a bag hung on her left side beneath the infant, she is holding in her right hand her handbag and the detonator for the explosive vest. In the midst of the soldiers she has targeted she pressed the detonator but it detonates the vest after she has walked past the main group killing herself and the infant with minimal casualties inflicted on the target group. All the rationalisations of the talking heads of the west will not diminish the lesson of this woman so willing to die for Islamic State that she kills the infant used as an instrument of deception to enable her attack on the target group. A lesson most potent for those who engage with reality!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/08/chilling-picture-shows-female-isil-fighter-holding-child-moments/

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Delusional decent and respectable citizens of T&T

Delusional decent and respectable upstanding citizens of T&T

Why did Ms Marlene suddenly change the rules of the game she played by for years as a PNM MP and PNM cabinet Minister on the way to have her return to the cabinet confirmed under law? Was Ms Marlene sending a message that it was now a new order with her return with new rules of engagement which fully responds to the reality on the ground in her constituency? Was Ms Marlene potently illustrating the reality on the ground that if she intends to intervene into the lives of her constituents as an agent of progressive change she had to engage with the power structure on the ground that impacts her ability to act, to intervene? Her removal from the cabinet sends the message that public acts of embrace of persons who don’t pass the decent and respectable bar will result in confinement to the political doghouse. But how then do PNM MPs and cabinet ministers treat with being servants of the people whilst engaging with the power structure on the ground. This power structure is not going away, it’s multifaceted, fluid and heterogeneous and it wields power over the daily lives and life chances of constituents. An MP is there for 5 years at maximum and the structure has been in place since the decade of the 1970s evolving through several stages of growth and development wielding effective power on the ground. Ms Marlene illustrated in living colour a new, open methodology of treating with reality on the ground the response also sends a message. Why did Ms Marlene on this occasion dare to illustrate her new rules of engagement? Was it the product of a message from the ground concerning its concerns, expectations and the accepted solution to their problem? Delusion can definitely be bad for your political health.

https://www.tv6tnt.com/news/7pmnews/marlene-my-guests-are-good-people/article_0a999752-5ebc-11e7-a3e5-03bd5f1f88b7.html

The press reports on the JLSC on National Security screamed that the illicit arms trade in T&T was worth TT$ 100 million per year but this figure means nothing in a vacuum as the gun realities of T&T were not included in the press reports. A very conservative estimate is 30,000 illicit firearms in the hands of persons in T&T which means that the largest single holders of illicit firearms are decent and respectable people with many of them being upstanding citizens. The very core of the illicit arms market are sales to decent and respectable people who hold multiple firearms supposedly for personal protection. Without an idea of the most common illicit firearms purchased and the prices illicit guns go for on the gun market purchased the TT$ 100 million figure per annum means little. The most popular illicit gun purchased are handguns and the largest single volume commodity sold is ammunition not guns which has resulted in ventures to re-load ammunition. The supply is abundantly available from multiple supply sources because since the decade of the 1990s when the illicit gun trade exploded and became a Caribbean illicit trade not a single gun trafficking network was dismantled and a single member of a network convicted for gun trafficking in T&T. Small hustlers caught in possession have all been those taken down. How then can the national security apparatus brief anyone on the gun trade when they are yet to take down a single trafficking network in the T&T gun trade from the 1990s to today? Delusional games!

https://www.tv6tnt.com/news/7pmnews/jet-skis-being-used-for-illegal-trade/article_7c0e2086-6058-11e7-a10b-f316f6f09bbb.html

In all the responses in the local press that illustrated the impact of the talk that arose from the famous statement on Bourdain’s rope a dope talk and eat show was a letter to the editor by Israel B. Rajah-Khan “Little Mr Bigs, a deadly reality” where Mr Rajah-Khan states: “And incidentally, Diana Mahabir-Wyatt’s sarcastic view that ‘Mr Big’ referred to by the press is generally assumed to be a white or Syrian business person, who without question is (a) wealthy (b) a drug supplier (c) an oppressor of the poor and (d) an exploiter of underpaid employees-is quite true. However, there are others to add to the list who fall within the ambit of Afro and Indo-Saxons and some of mixed ethnicity.” Mr Rajah-Khan’s position on the dominant groups of the illicit drug trade and mine are the same whilst we both express said positions in public. I hope members of “The Community” don’t do to Mr Rajah-Khan what was done to me as I certainly don’t want more partners in vagrancy for speaking truth to massa. Delusion is not impunity from reality.

To those seeking to rip off a foreign used car supplier in Japan I suggest you make sure you don’t rip off a dealer who is working for the Men of Ink of Japan and their affiliates. For they are present in T&T protecting their interests and their reach is long. Delusion can result in grave misfortune.

I was taught when your neighbour house on fire wet yours. The destruction of the Camp Street prison in Georgetown, Guyana on July 9th, 2017 is a message to the delusional decent and respectable of T&T charged with animating the state agencies of T&T on a daily basis. The ongoing attacks on prison officers outside of the prison walls, the daring jail break from the Frederick Street prison in 2015 and the reality of the remand yard especially the gang culture and the entrenched smuggling of contraband throughout the prison system all potent indicators of the threat level posed by the prison system to public safety today. As in Guyana all the threats were imminent and as in Guyana there was only talk which empowered in Guyana a disciplined, connected inmate to act. I was also taught don’t break stick in your ears but denial is addictive, very addictive and in T&T it sweeter than zoosh!

The state is incapable of its primary task of social control as it’s inept, maldeveloped as a result of arrested development, corrupt and the captive of denial the product of the hegemony of the politics of race over the state. With a state form as this denial and delusion is vitally necessary to public safety as it’s only denial and delusion can promise safety and security in a dreamland state of existence.

https://www.stabroeknews.com/2017/news/stories/07/10/camp-st-prison-gutted-uprising/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.stabroeknews.com%2F2017%2Fnews%2Fstories%2F07%2F10%2Fcamp-st-prison-gutted-uprising%2F&utm_content&utm_campaign=Weekday+Morning+Brief

 

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The UK Drug Trade 2017: Pax Mexicana!

The Illicit Drug Trade of the UK in 2017: Pax Mexicana!

The National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime 2017 produced by the National Crime Agency (NCA) describes the rapidly changing drug markets of the UK under the hegemony of the Mexican Transnational Trafficking Organisations (MTTOs), their affiliates and the affiliates of the affiliates in gangland UK. The report in its section on Drugs lists under key judgements: the growing power of Albanian crime groups in the drug market of the UK especially in cocaine markets, the dominance of Serbian and Turkish crime groups in the maritime trafficking of cocaine to the UK, the Mexican/Romanian nexus moving cocaine to the UK from Europe via heavy goods vehicles, Turkish and Pakistani crime groups continue to dominate the trafficking of heroin to the UK via land and maritime routes as the Balkans and the Indian Ocean/East Africa maritime route and finally and increasing volumes of cocaine are being shipped directly to the UK rather than through Europe. These key judgements all point to the growing power of the MTTOs, their premier European affiliate, the Ndrangheta and the gangland affiliates of the MTTOs and the Ndrangheta in the drug market of the UK as they rebuild the illicit drug trade of the UK in their image and likeness.

The most potent indicator of this reality is the increasing volume of cocaine being shipped to the UK directly from the Caribbean Basin, Brazil and Africa. This is a return to the strategy of the 1990s which was launched by the Colombian trafficking organisations which subsequently failed because of inadequate investment, failure to create the logistic alliances and to genuinely believe in the venture rather than an overreliance on Spain as the terminus to Europe. The MTTOs have an entirely different approach as they are investing in creating new routes that are parallel to the old Colombian routes in order to open new markets and expand old ones with a range of products marketed on the basis of affordable prices for higher quality more bang for your money. In this move to flood the UK with product directly shipped to the UK the trafficking base has already been established in the Caribbean, Brazil and West and Southern Africa as entry points along the west and south coasts of the UK and Ireland are targeted. The trafficking logistics are all in place to operate two tiers of trafficking to unleash a tsunami of cocaine on the UK: tier 1 Brazil and the Caribbean Basin, tier 2 West Africa, Southern Africa, and Latin American nations outside of the Caribbean Basin as Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Paraguay etc. An assault from multiple points utilising multiple means of trafficking as containerised cargo, trawlers, pleasure craft, other vessels, mules, swallowers, air cargo, the bodies of aircraft and the methodology of the “darkness”

The MTTOs’ agenda in the UK and Europe calls for expanding the cocaine markets, marketing methamphetamine/ice towards creating a viable market for ice and gaining a presence in the heroin market of the UK and Europe. With heroin the supply link with the Afghan suppliers is compulsory and that is already settled the next stage is realising a working relationship with the dominant heroin suppliers of the UK and Europe. The basis of this a mutually beneficial affiliation where the MTTOs offer access to cocaine and ice where the dominant heroin smugglers now become cocaine smugglers and eventually ice manufacturers and smugglers and the MTTOs enter and expand upon their presence in heroin markets thereby completing their premier product mix cocaine, ice and heroin. The working example of this is the affiliation of Nigerian traffickers with the MTTOs. For those markets of the UK and Europe where the preference is for heroin and or amphetamines over cocaine the MTTOs will now satisfy needs with heroin and with industrial grade ice to displace amphetamine consumption. This explains the appearance of Serbian and Turkish traffickers in the UK within the cocaine supply circuit.

The most strategically important statement of the report in this section is the recognition of the Mexican/Romanian affiliation involved in trafficking cocaine to the UK from Europe. The MTTOs are moving cocaine loads to the Black Sea ports of Romania where The MTTOs, the Ndrangheta and their affiliates as Romanian, Polish and Serbian crime groups are trafficking this cocaine to Germany, Poland and other countries in the vicinity. Romanian crime groups are moving the cocaine of the MTTOs throughout Europe and to the UK as are the Serbian and Polish crime groups with the Ndrangheta exercising command and control functions of these networks in conjunction with the MTTOs. The MTTOs with the Ndrangheta are now moving cocaine into Italy, Greece and Romania via the Mediterranean Sea route to the Aegean Sea and the Black Sea. The linkages formed on a single trafficking route are replicated in all other existing and trafficking routes yet to be created in keeping with the rules of affiliation as defined by the MTTOs where the product and wealth derived is kept within the structure of the trafficking enterprise. Those who are not part of the structure have no access to the product of the organisation unlike the Colombians the MTTOs don’t sell to external actors who are competitors. There is no free market.

The prime directive of the MTTOs and their affiliates is to build sustainable enterprises upon three core foundations: the illicit drug trade, the illicit gun trade and human smuggling to these other enterprises will be added as fake goods, financial crimes, kidnapping etc. The human smugglers of Europe when granted affiliate status with the MTTOs will become players in drug trafficking, small arms smuggling and human smuggling. The same applies to trafficking organisations as they add to their product list. Specific cells of these crime groups will then use the resources of their parent organisation to master non-core hustles to earn as ATM scamming, identity theft, prostitution, pornography, fake goods etc. This is the chosen methodology to maximise the profits of the larger crime group with its rigorously policed discipline, cellular structure and rigid hierarchy. A most formidable threat to the state.

The report indicates that Albanian crime groups are now a powerful player in the drug markets of the UK and that traffickers from the Balkans are forming links with South American cocaine suppliers. For Albanian crime groups to exert power on the drug market of the UK what is the basis of this power relation? Do the Albanians have access to a supply of cocaine denied to other crime groups? How can the Albanians exert power over a drug market to the detriment of transnational traffickers who have in their possession production platforms for cocaine? Do the Albanians have this capacity also? How can the Albanians exert power over a UK drug market to the detriment of the MTTOs and the Ndrangheta and their affiliates? The Albanians as other specific Balkan crime groups are now involved in trafficking cocaine to the UK and Europe as a result of their links to the MTTOs and Ndrangheta affiliation a link forged through trafficking of cocaine to Germany and countries further east in Europe. The Albanian crime groups in the UK are now the shock troops of the UK drug market at the retail level for the MTTOs and Ndrangheta affiliation with wholesale markets under a different order.

The most potent indicator of the operational impact of the MTTOs and the Ndrangheta upon the cocaine drug market of the UK is the report of seizures of cocaine at the ground level of 80-90% purity. The volume of supply of cocaine necessary to raise the purity of retail sales is in train with lowering of prices for higher purity being loaded up for implementation provided the MTTOs control the streets and herein lies the ongoing problem. The report speaks to the level of violence and mayhem that is part of the retail sales networks outside of the urban areas to the counties. The operational methods of the sale of cocaine in the counties indicate that the transnational trafficking organisations and their affiliates are yet to exercise hegemony over this market segment which has the ability to bring increased violence and mayhem to the urban market with an increase in the volume of available cocaine from which the operators of the county markets are excluded. Both cocaine markets, the urban and county, will be purged and a new order put in place in the image and likeness of the MTTOs which involves societal violence. The question then is the crime groups which will be affiliates of the MTTOs and those excluded from affiliate status and the ensuing power relation between them and its impact on the social order of the UK. Where does British organised crime stand in this new order especially in powerful trafficking enclaves as Manchester? This reality is of utmost importance rather than the Albanian and other Balkan crime groups.

The report indicated the effects of the availability of illicit drugs in the UK and the impact the rise in purity of cocaine and heroin sold at the retail level is having on mortality rates due to heroin, morphine and cocaine poisoning. Since 2012 to 2015 deaths due to heroin and morphine poisoning have more than doubled whilst those linked to cocaine and crack cocaine continue to rise. Deaths linked to heroin and cocaine have attained their highest levels since 1993. The wave of illicit drugs being smuggled into UK prisons and their impact on the social order of prisons was also noted in the report especially the impact of the synthetic drug “spice” on prisons. Years of neo-liberal shrinkage of the expanse of the state followed by post 2008 neo-liberal austerity have rendered the UK state vulnerable to the assault of the MTTOs and their affiliates. The report notes UK border corruption as a key vulnerability but it’s a vulnerability that will be fully exploited, expanded and deepened by the MTTOs, the Ndrangheta and the affiliates. The three primary profit centres: illicit drug trafficking, illicit gun trafficking and human smuggling fully integrated and pursued within multitasking structures driven by operational cells will assault the UK state and unleash dramatic lasting changes to the power relations and the social order of the UK. The UK is presently the largest drug market of Europe it will evolve into an illicit poly-drug bazaar, an illicit small arms bazaar and an irregular migrant bazaar. And in these bazaars the extremists will be endowed and enabled to continue their war against the west. This is the gift bestowed on the UK by the cult of neo-liberalism served by doting politicians. Pax Mexicana!

http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/publications/807-national-strategic-assessment-of-serious-and-organised-crime-2017/file

 

The Most Powerful Ethnic Minority in T&T

The Most Powerful Ethnic Minority in Trinidad and Tobago

Read, Connect the Dots and Behold the Power to make me unemployable. For the Wages of My Sin is Vagrancy in T&T. Where EVERY creed and race does NOT find an equal place. There is a Message in this action one that speaks to power wielded and the expectation that the majority will be subservient. The book was published in 2004 and within the time frame allowed for legal action in T&T there was No lawsuit by a member of the aggrieved Arab population of T&T against me in fact there were none at all from anyone. The action against me in 2011 was then specifically aimed at destroying my job at the university through action by the university illustrating the power wielded in a supposedly regional institution. Those of the majority who choose to be recalcitrant will be made an example off. A new massa in town so much for democracy and the end of the plantation. Is massa day done?

 

 

 

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Cocaine from Trinidad and Tobago seized at Toronto Pearson International Airport

48 kilos of Cocaine from T&T at Toronto Pearson International Airport

CP24.com on June 14, 2017 reported that on May 5 CBSA officers screening an aircraft cargo container that arrived on a flight from T&T at the Toronto Pearson international airport seized 38 bricks weighing 48 kilos of cocaine. The news report stated that the 38 bricks of cocaine were discovered beneath the false floor of an airline cargo container which meant that a floor was placed over the container’s floor with the space to allow the 38 kilos to be placed and sealed in for smuggling. A picture of the kilo bricks in the news report indicates that the bricks are not the standard kilo bricks of the trade as they were repacked and packaged to weigh more than the industry standard kilo of cocaine to maximise the quantum of cocaine that can be trafficked to Canada in the space created by the false floor of the cargo container. Hence 38 bricks weighing 48 kilos of cocaine. This is no fly by night piddling trafficking operation out of Piarco international airport, Trinidad as the resources and the impunity demanded by this operation means it is an ongoing smuggling operation with multiple destinations and the security of the airport is in tatters. To fabricate the container, mix it in with other containers, load the cocaine shipment on it, ensure that it is loaded on the designated flight with the entire operation enjoying impunity means that the entire ground handling operation is compromised and much worse the security system charged with monitoring all interactions between humans and airplanes is filled with operational and surveillance holes through which grave threats to safety and security will pass with impunity. This is but another instance of the escalating pace of integration of T&T into the present dominant trafficking structures of the Caribbean today where the depth of globalisation of T&T as a trafficking point has intensified and will continue to do so where the model is the Dominican Republic. T&T has been switched on. The recent murder of the nationals of Venezuela and the Dominican Republic and the ongoing war that commenced in 2011 within the recent arrival group of Chinese from the Peoples Republic of China are simply illustrations of this underlying reality and its impact on the social order.

From the Madrid attack of 2002 to Berlin 2016 Europe has illustrated repeatedly the ability of those intent on attacking the social order can effectively and will use the markets and pipelines of the illicit trades to enable these attacks. To have your largest international airport compromised is in fact a beacon to those intent on entering/returning to T&T intent on making war that impunity is for sale and T&T is open for business. This is a beacon of hope for those intent on making war but in T&T there are a number of beacons like the pipeline across the Gulf of Paria!

http://www.cp24.com/news/cbsa-officers-seize-43-kg-of-cocaine-aboard-pearson-airport-flight-1.3459443

 

The Reality of the Parallel Foreign Exchange Market of Trinidad and Tobago

The Reality of Sourcing US Dollars on the Alternate Market of Trinidad and Tobago

The Business Guardian of June 8, 2017 on page 3 presented the foreign exchange reality of and the counter strategy to satisfy the weekly US Dollar demand of a player in the production and supply of the dominant source of consumed animal protein in T&T. It was revealed that the weekly demand for USD of this single player was between USD 600,000 to USD 700,000 of which the licit forex dealers supplied 25% of the USD demand, with another 25% supplied by the licit forex dealers in the form of Euros leaving some 40% to 50% of the weekly demand of USD to be supplied by “other” sources or the alternate forex market of T&T. The testimony of the player in the article confirms the existence of an alternate forex market and the fact that a strategic private sector entity is now forced to access this market on a weekly basis simply because of the inability of the licit market to quench demand for forex. The licit economy is then forced to deal with the alternate market and the state apparatus is in fact legitimising the alternate market by granting it expanding operational space.

What then is the structure of the supply of USD on the alternate market that enables the sale of some USD 300,000 per week to a single player on a sustainable basis? The key is sustainability! It is most obvious to those not in denial that the illicit trades must be part of this alternate market not because they need to turn the USD they earn from their export trade into T&TD but because they choose to do so to gain strategic advantages in the social order of T&T thereby deepening their power wielded over the social order. USD sourced from the transnational traffickers and their affiliates will be of the required sustainable volume and availability to have the buyers become ultimately dependent on this source and at the right time the buyer can and will become an employee as the supplier moves to take control of the enterprise. By buying their USD through the intermediaries/straw men they utilise in such markets you inevitably become tied into a nexus where there is no amicable separation or severance. There is no separation save with death and you are eternally grateful and forever waiting for the next shoe to drop for this is the way “The Game” is played as you are a rule taker not a rule maker. There is no way you can verify the source of the USD save and except you the buyer is already in “The Game. Once a target identified by the strategic plan of the transnational organisation and enters the market you are the fly in the huge sticky web of the transnational spider. Don’t lose your head! The other market suppliers are the proceeds from corruption and the earnings of small players in the illicit trades which cannot guarantee being the sustainable supply demanded by the private sector. Likewise, remittances of USD that have bypassed the licit sector is not up to the task. Already the USD cash shipments interdicted illustrate the existence of the flow of smuggled USD cash which is vital to the entry and dominance of the transnational traffickers of the alternate forex market. As long as it’s strategic to the operational plan of the transnational traffickers they will enter, expand supply and exercise hegemony over the alternate forex market of T&T and in so doing expand and deepen their presence and power over sectors of the licit economy of T&T which will further impact the social order of T&T. This is the next stage in the replication of the model of the Dominican Republic in T&T! This then is the strategic imperative that will drive entry and hegemony. Pax Mexicana!

Venezuela’s Position on the Supply of Dragon Gas to Trinidad and Tobago (T&T)

Venezuela’s Position on the supply of Dragon gas to Trinidad and Tobago

In a news report dated March 16, 2017 on the PDVSA website in Spanish stated that the Framework Agreement for the supply of natural gas to T&T was signed in Caracas. This agreement has as its parameter the building, operation and maintenance of a pipeline connecting the Dragon field Venezuela to the Hibiscus field T&T some 30 kilometres long. The report stated that a special project vehicle constructed as a joint venture was signed between NGC of T&T and Shell international at the said meeting in Caracas. It was reported that Luis Prado signed for Shell. The report states that Minister Martinez of Venezuela indicated that Shell will construct the infrastructure necessary in T&T to receive the gas from Venezuela and that the Dragon gas deal involves the negotiation and finalisation of an agreement between three parties to the mutual benefit of all three: Venezuela, T&T and Shell. Minister Young of T&T in the report describes Shell as a “collaborating partner”.

http://www.pdvsa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6843:venezuela-y-trinidad-y-tobago-firman-acuerdo-de-suministro-de-gas&catid=10:noticias&Itemid=589&lang=es

http://www.pdvsa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6893:venezuela-and-trinidad-and-tobago-sign-gas-supply-agreement&catid=10:news&Itemid=908&lang=en

A news report dated March 31, 2017 on the PDVSA website in Spanish reported that representatives of Shell and the NGC had visited Guiria to confirm that that the mechanical completion of the submarine infrastructure of the Dragon field was in fact realised. Necessary for completing the project to supply 300 million cubic feet of dry gas to T&T. The joint coordinating commission formed in T&T comprises Venezuela, NGC and Shell was reported by the news report.

http://www.pdvsa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6981:pdvsa-consolida-proyectos-costa-afuera-en-el-estado-sucre&catid=10:noticias&Itemid=589&lang=es

http://www.pdvsa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7002:pdvsa-consolidates-offshore-projects-in-the-state-of-sucre&catid=10:news&Itemid=908&lang=en

A news report dated May 17, 2017 on the PDVSA website in Spanish reported that PDVSA and Shell held a meeting in Venezuela to discuss matters concerning the gas supply from Dragon to T&T with no member of the NGC and the T&T government mentioned as being present at this meeting in the news story. The president of PDVSA and the president and vice-president of PDVSA Gas were there along with Luis Prado president of Shell Venezuela and T&T and the Shell representative for the Americas and Africa but no mention of NGC representation. The news stated that the PDVSA and Shell officials discussed gas prices, gas volumes and the point of interconnection between the Dragon field gas supply and the pipeline to T&T. The vice-president of PDVSA indicated that they are presently reviewing the gas export base of the field, they have received proposals to complete the project and to increase production from the field to enable an increased gas supply to T&T. The meeting also discussed the joint venture Shell has with PDVSA, the Petroregional del Lago project which is a land based oil producing joint venture project.

http://www.pdvsa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7078:avanzan-las-negociaciones-para-exportacion-de-gas-de-venezuela-a-trinidad-y-tobago&catid=10:noticias&Itemid=589&lang=es

http://www.pdvsa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7080:negotiations-for-the-export-of-gas-from-venezuela-to-trinidad-and-tobago-move-forward&catid=10:news&Itemid=908&lang=en

Shell has then irons in the fire with the prime agenda being the Petroregional del Lago project as Venezuela needs to raise oil production and PDVSA simply doesn’t have the cash to spend to bring about this increase. On del Lago Shell then announces its intention to invest USD 400 million in the venture and its now Maduro’s sweet heart on both sides of the border. What is Shell’s locus standi in this Dragon gas supply project? Is Shell negotiating gas prices and volumes with PDVSA in our absence simply because Venezuela is selling the gas to Shell who is then selling it to the NGC? Is Shell building the necessary infrastructure in T&T waters in keeping with the task of being the vendor for Dragon gas to the NGC? The news report of March 16, 2017 stated that gas from Dragon will be going to the LNG plant in T&T. The power relations of the geopolitics of the gas supply between Venezuela and T&T are not in T&T’s favour unlike the deal with Aruba and the key to these power relations is Venezuela’s gambit. What does Venezuela intend to achieve in its favour that redounds to the benefit of Maduro with this gas supply deal is the primary question that must be answered realistically. When PDVSA sits in a room with Shell and negotiates only with Shell it’s also negotiating with the largest single shareholder of Atlantic and the Dragon field is a very small field in the arsenal of offshore gas plays of Venezuela. The people of T&T remain in the dark on this reality as we did with the deal negotiated for trains 1 to 3 at Atlantic LNG and as always we’re left holding the dirty end of the stick as the gas economy has become unstuck.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-oil-shell-idUSKBN13V1TY

http://www.pdvsa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6852:venezuela-y-aruba&catid=10:noticias&Itemid=589&lang=es