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New bpTT boss waiting on work permit

Published: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Claire Fitzpatrick

With fewer than two weeks to go before the departure of the Norman Christie, regional president of the country’s largest oil and gas company, bpTT has not yet received a work permit for his successor, Claire Fitzpatrick.

The company has released the name of the person to take over from Christie but the T&T Guardian can confirm that the company has written to the Ministry of National Security seeking a work permit for Fitzpatrick.

It has been more than a month since the announcement was made that Christie would be moved from his long standing position as regional head responsible for the company’s operations in T&T to the London Head Office of BP PLC Group’s CEO Bob Dudley.

In a press release on February 14, bpTT announced the departure of Christie but was quick to say it could not announce a replacement until it had received a work permit for the incoming president.

The delay in granting the work permit comes at a time when Government has criticised energy companies for not hiring enough young people to take over the sector and said there needs to be a re-look of the work permit approval process.

Fitzpatrick is at present the managing director, BP Australia Upstream, BP Developments and Production Ltd and should Government grant her a work permit will be the next regional president headquartered in Port of Spain.

Fitzpatrick has a financial background and is expected to be crucial as bpTT continues challenging negotiations with Government on several issues including negotiation of a train 1 contract and possible renegotiation of LNG contracts as is being demanded by the Rowley administration.

While Fitzpatrick has not been able to take up her posting she has been in T&T and has been to the company’s fence line community of Mayaro where a reception was held in Christie’s honour.

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