The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries has the responsibility under the Petroleum Act to approve new oil and gas field developments. During recent years, many new fields have been developed and it is expected that this trend will continue in the future. Furthermore exploration work in deep and ultra deep waters will continue.

This paper describes the general process of approval by the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries as well as information requirements related to new field development.

The authors hope this paper would be useful to any company involved in oil and gas exploration and development in Trinidad and Tobago and also those companies willing to invest here in the future. It is also the intent of the author that this information will be useful to other regulatory bodies around the world.

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