Building a safer, stronger BP at Galeota and Beachfield

An important part of managing health and safety is worker participation. Everyone is part of the solution. Working as One Team, the Galeota and Beachfield crews are committed to building a safer, stronger BP by ensuring that the Terminal facility is fit for the future.

Collin Sookram is a new joiner at BP Trinidad and Tobago, but not new to the Galeota Terminal or the hydrocarbon industry in T&T. Having officially joined the company in February 2014, he previously worked on secondment through Worley Parsons Trinidad Limited where he functioned as an Electrical Engineer for almost four (4) years. In his role as an Electrical Engineer, he provides discipline engineering support and technical guidance to the Onshore Area Operations, Maintenance and Construction teams at the Terminal to ensure safe, compliant and reliable operations. He also provides tactical engineering support to the Area Operations team and supports closure of safety, compliance and risk management actions by ensuring that robust mitigation plans are established to manage process safety risk. 

Perhaps one of his biggest deliverables is to guarantee plant and equipment integrity and reliability at the Galeota Terminal and at Beachfield. Sookram says: “The Terminal is a 40+ year old facility, and the business has been engaged with the question of how to ensure that we can continue operations safely and reliably over the long-term. My role is to ensure that from an electrical engineering point of view, this facility is running efficiently, reliably, but most importantly, safely.” 

The Galeota Terminal is bpTT’s onshore liquid processing facility located five (5) miles north of the Beachfield gas processing facility and distribution plant. These onshore assets process all of the hydrocarbons that come from bpTT’s 13 offshore facilities located in the waters to the south eastern side of Trinidad. 

At the Beachfield gas-processing facility, Makeda Galera is an Operator Technician (Pipeline Operations) whose role often requires her to look for ways to improve how work is done at the facility, to ensure that the operation is efficient and safe as humanly possible. Having been with the company for almost 8 years, she is still excited about the future of the company and the opportunity to see herself grow in her career. She says, “By delivering excellence in all that I do at Beachfield; encouraging and supporting other members of the team to strive to make this plant fit for purpose and compliant with all standards and policies set by the business and Trinidad & Tobago, I am working towards building a safer and stronger BP.”

Valene Gabriel, another Operator Technician based at Galeota joined the company in 2011 but worked at the facility since 2008 as a trainee with Kenson Operational services. Her role has exposed her to a variety of new technology by BP put to work to ensure the long term sustainability of the facility. She said: “One of the areas that has significantly improved the safety and reliability of the plant is the fire and gas detection system. It is a permanent solution with more than 250 devices that monitor combustible gas, h2s chlorine and flame. This type of technology is more accurate and robust than what was previously in place. This is helping to ensure the facility is safer and stronger for years to come.” 

Like Sookram and Gabriel, many of the bpTT employees at the Terminal once worked for a contractor company before onboarding. Their length of service and experience in the field enabled them to understand what happens at the facility and contribute to ensuring its value and long term safety and reliability. 

Nakiesha Dowe began working at Galeota over 14 years ago but has been with bpTT for the last 8 years. In her present role as an Operator Technician, she is accountable for scheduling of the “Galeota Mix” crude oil for cargo lifting and storage tank inventory management. Galeota Mix refers to the combination of crude and condensate that is received from the crude oil and stabilization plants. The combination of these hydrocarbons is exported every two weeks via tankers to refineries all over the world. 

Dowe’s job is one of assurance in ensuring that the volumes of oil and to a lesser extent gas are accurately calculated and recorded, stored correctly and are aligned to forecasted volumes. She says: “In building a safer and stronger BP, I aim to ensure the long term sustainability of this facility by seeking out strategies that will make our Terminal fit into the future plan of the company.” 

Kester Alexis, Operations Team Lead (OTL) is focused on the way forward: “As an OTL, I prioritize safety, production and efficiency at the facility. The task includes the management of systems, people, and resources to deliver in a smart, systemic and cost effective manner. My day focuses on activities that reduce risk and remove vulnerabilities. Being an employee with bpTT for over 10 years, I see the value that this operation brings to the company and to the wider country, so I take my role very seriously. By supporting the medium to long term planning of activities, I work towards ensuring that the Terminal fits into the strategic plan of bpTT and BP global. This is a business that is here to stay, and I am here to ensure this happens.”
Kester Alexis, Operations Team Lead and Nakiesha Dowe, Operator Technician walking through the Galeota Terminal plant

"Being an employee with bpTT for over 10 years, I see the value that this operation brings to the company and to the wider country, so I take my role very seriously. By supporting the medium to long term planning of activities, I work towards ensuring that the Terminal fits into the strategic plan of bpTT and BP global. This is a business that is here to stay, and I am here to ensure this happens" -- Kester Alexis, Operations Team Lead