io consulting (io) announced today that it has been awarded a contract for a bankable feasibility study (BFS) by NewGen Energy Limited (NewGen) to support development of a proposed carbon-neutral/green hydrogen production facility in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T). The hydrogen output from the project is intended as a “green” input to ammonia production at the Trinidad Nitrogen Company (Tringen) facilities in the Point Lisas Industrial Estate. io is a joint venture of Baker Hughes and McDermott.

The project will focus on production of hydrogen from an industrial electrolysis process powered by carbon-neutral electricity and “green” electricity from renewable sources. By harnessing renewable natural resources and excess heat from T&T’s power plants, NewGen will be delivering a creative solution contributing to the energy transition of T&T’s hydrocarbon-based industrial complex.

“There are significant and positive implications for this project. Once successful, the project will open the door to greener petrochemical products from Trinidad & Tobago, including green and carbon-neutral ammonia,” Philip Julien, NewGen’s Managing Director said. “We selected io because they offered the best combination of expertise, deep domain technical know-how and an agile project approach which will bring a robust solution for the project.“

io’s parent companies – Baker Hughes and McDermott – have a long history of involvement along the entire value chain of the Trinidad and Tobago energy sector. This, along with their demonstrated ability in early front end project work and in delivering techno-economic expertise for similar type projects, made them a logical fit for the NewGen Project.

Among other undertakings, io will perform a technical due diligence assessment which will identify, evaluate and explore commercially available electrolysis technologies to determine the optimum technology and supporting facilities required to progress to the next project stage.

Once completed, the results of this study will be used in part to support and inform any related decisions by Tringen as the proposed off-taker of an estimated 27,000 metric tonnes per year of carbon-neutral and green hydrogen. The Tringen facility is jointly owned by the government of Trinidad and Tobago and Yara.

Commenting on the award, Richard Dyson, CEO of io consulting said, “io is delighted to have been engaged by NewGen on this pivotal project for Trinidad & Tobago and to be a part of this innovative move towards energy transition.” He explained that ‘io will draw on its unique combination of technical capabilities, proven expertise and sound practices in front end loading to successfully deliver this project.”

About NewGen Energy:

A Greener Future – Propelled by a New Generation of Hydrogen

NewGen Energy Limited was locally incorporated in Trinidad and Tobago as a private sector special purpose vehicle for a proposed carbon-neutral and green hydrogen production project to be located in Point Lisas, Trinidad. The development of NewGen has been sponsored by Kenesjay Systems Limited (Kenesjay), a local project development and consulting firm founded in 1998, with its core business of securing a sustainable energy supply for Trinidad, Tobago, and the Region.

For more information about NewGen Energy visit

About io consulting:

io consulting is a strategic development consultancy created to provide greater certainty and higher decision quality to operators and help bring more energy and hydrocarbons projects to sanction by disrupting traditional approaches. io is unique with its integrated strategic-techno-commercial capabilities ensuring a balanced approach between commercial, technical and strategic priorities capitalising on multi-discipline capabilities in subsurface, drilling, subsea, marine, facilities, decommissioning/life extension and environmental alongside economic modelling. We are a joint venture between Baker Hughes and McDermott and are unique in having their know-how, expertise and data ‘hard coded’ into our DNA.

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Sets the stage for Carbon-Neutral & Green Hydrogen Supply to Tringen Ammonia Plant

NewGen Energy Limited (NewGen) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at progressing a feasibility study for the use of Carbon-Neutral and Green Hydrogen in the production of ammonia from the Trinidad Nitrogen Company (Tringen) facilities.   The MOU will allow for a full range of data sharing between NewGen and Tringen to facilitate the development of a robust technical and commercial case for a Carbon-Neutral & Green Hydrogen plant for Tringen’s ammonia facilities. Once successful the feasibility study would allow for the progression of Hydrogen Off-Take Agreement negotiations.

NewGen, as a locally-developed and private-sector driven project,intendsto harness renewable natural resources, and the excess heat from T&T’s power plants, to provide hydrogen by electrolysis as a creative solution to reduce the carbon footprint and contribute to the Energy Transition of our hydrocarbon-based industrial complex.

Hydrogen is a critical input in ammonia production.  Currently, all hydrogen utilized in ammonia production on the island is generated solely from the steam methane reforming of natural gas.  NewGen is seeking to produce hydrogen using a proven industrial electrolysis process that is powered by electricity obtained from carbon-neutral sources such as excess heat from existing simple cycle power plants, or from green energy sources such as the recently-announced LightSource BP-Shell  solar power generation facility.  The proposed NewGen hydrogen plant, once operational, will be the single largest industrial consumer of electricity in the country.

Initial estimates are for the development of a hydrogen plant with a production capacity of 27,200 tonnes per year that would be sold to the Tringen ammonia complex.  This volume will be used as a zero-carbon supplemental feedstock stream to an existing ammonia plant and represents 25% of a typical hydrogen requirement of a Point Lisas ammonia plant. 

Since there will be no additional carbon emissions associated with this hydrogen stream, the overall carbon footprint of a tonne of ammonia produced by this process will be significantly less than that of current processes employed at the complex.  

Philip Julien, the Managing Director of NewGen said “The natural gas industry in Trinidad and Tobago has a strong tradition as a pioneer and first mover, and we are excited to bring this next phase of innovation to commence the ‘greening’ of our petrochemical industry.” Julien explained that Trinidad and Tobago is already a world scale producer of hydrogen as an intermediate product for petrochemical output.  “What NewGen is offering” he says, “is to produce Carbon-Neutral and Green Hydrogen, using electricity from carbon neutral and renewable sources.  We see this as a creative solution to reduce the carbon footprint of our hydrocarbon-based industrial complex while at the same time allowing the country to maximize the use of its natural gas resources.”

Richard de La Bastide, the VP-Operations of Tringen said “We are pleased to have this opportunity to partner with NewGen on this pioneering hydrogen project.  This has the potential to be transformational for the local energy sector and Tringen is excited to be involved in this exploratory phase.”

Tag: A Greener Future – Propelled by a New Generation of HydrogenNewGen Energy Limited ( was locally incorporated in Trinidad and Tobago as a private sector special purpose vehicle for a proposed carbon-neutral and green hydrogen production project to be located in Point Lisas, Trinidad. The development of NewGen has been sponsored by Kenesjay Systems Limited (, a local project development and consulting firm founded in 1998, with its core business of securing a sustainable energy supply for Trinidad, Tobago, and the Region

The companies team up to accelerate the development of NewGen’s Green Hydrogen Project and deliver decarbonized hydrogen to Point Lisas by 2023


Friday July 3rd  2020, Bordeaux, France. 

Kenesjay Systems Limited (Kenesjay) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with  the French hydrogen specialist HDF Energy to establish a partnership for the development of the NewGen Carbon-Neutral & Green Hydrogen project. The main partnership principles and terms are now under discussion for a comprehensive MoU that is expected to be signed this summer. This will signal a longer-term collaboration between the two firms for similar projects in the future.

By introducing a new source of carbon neutral and green hydrogen to the petrochemical sector  of  Point  Lisas  at  a  competitive  cost,  the  NewGen  Hydrogen  Project will  play  a  key  role in the drive towards a decarbonizing transition of the T&T energy industry. The hydrogen will be generated  on an industrial scale from carbon-neutral and renewable sources of electricity using an electrolysis process.

As a project developer and long term-investor, HDF Energy is strengthening its position in the Caribbean where it has successfully implemented the first hydrogen infrastructure participating to the de-carbonization of the electricity sector in Martinique.  Plans by the company are well underway for the construction of the world’s largest hybrid power plant with hydrogen storage in nearby French Guiana. A similar project is also under development in Barbados.

Their hydrogen expertise complements the rich experience that Kenesjay has had over its 20 year history of project development and consulting in the energy sector of Trinidad and Tobago.  This combination promises to deliver the NewGen Project with exceptional results.

Expressing excitement at the collaboration, Damien Havard, CEO of HDF Energy says, ‘We are excited to be working with  NewGen and Kenesjay which has extensive experience  and in-depth knowledge of the energy sector in Trinidad. We believe that NewGen will be the gateway project to a green hydrogen economy in Trinidad and Tobago, and that the model can be successfully duplicated given the extensive local demand for hydrogen.”

Harvard also guaranteed that HDF will ensure that the project benefits from the best available technology, performance and cost efficiencies– resulting in competitive decarbonization of ammonia production. He also stated that “This partnership strengthens our unique position as the preferred infrastructure developer for hydrogen-related projects in the Caribbean and at the international level.”

Speaking at the signing of the LOI, Philip Julien, Managing Director of Kenesjay said, ‘We recognized the value that HDF Energy could bring to the NewGen project, as they have developed the first Caribbean based decarbonizing hydrogen project in an industrial context. HDF’s experience in large scale development projects within the region, and its active participation in a range of private competitive tenders for electrolysers, make them an ideal partner.”


He affirmed that as NewGen was incorporated by Kenesjay as its project sponsor, it will have access to Kenesjay’s deep knowledge of the petrochemical and energy sector in Trinidad and Tobago, and thereby become a pivotal player in the evolution of the local industry.


About HDF Energy: HDF Energy is a French-based project developer specialized in hydrogen large scale infrastructure projects. It operates globally with projects under development in a dozen of countries. It is also  a supplier of 1.5 MW hydrogen  Fuel Cells with a facility under development in France using world leader Ballard Power Systems core technology. HDF Energy achieved a world first-of-a-kind in the Caribbean region in 2019, inaugurating a 1MW fuel cell producing electricity to the grid using purified hydrogen for 15 years. The project was implemented in SARA refinery, Martinique. In 2020 HDF Energy will commence construction on the world’s first Renewstable® power plant in  French  Guiana  ‘CEOG’  combining  60  MW  solar  with  120  MWh  of  hydrogen  and  battery  storage to supply power 24/7 to some 50,000 inhabitants with non-polluting, competitive electricity. The project is being delivered through an international EPC and involves a competitive purchase of 16 MW of electrolysers and pressurized hydrogen storage. More information can be found at : – –


About Kenesjay Systems: Kenesjay Systems Limited is a Trinidad-based project development and consulting firm founded in 1998, with its core business of securing a sustainable energy supply for Trinidad, Tobago, and the Region. Kenesjay provided project development and management services for the CNC Ammonia Plant in Point Lisas, producing 630,000 metric tons of ammonia per year. They have also performed Natural Gas Master Plan Studies in Trinidad and Africa, and Electricity Utility Studies within the Caribbean. More information can be found at  Kenesjay Systems Limited