Keith Awong (Date of Birth: 19th Aug 1940)

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Born on August 19th, 1940 in Trinidad, Keith Awong grew up in Moruga and Point Fortin. He attended San Fernando Boys’ Government and went on to Presentation College in 1952. He studied mechanical engineering and received a Technician’s Diploma from the San Fernando Technical Institute in 1957. He worked as a plant operator at Federation Chemicals Limited for several years and was awarded a scholarship by Shell Oil Trinidad to pursue his degree in chemical engineering at UWI, St. Augustine in Trinidad. He was the first student to enter the programme without studying GCE Advanced Level Chemistry. However, he worked hard and earned his Bachelor of Science (BSc) with first class honours in 1973.

Mr Awong has held some of the most senior positions in Trinidad and Tobago’s petroleum sector for over 35 years. He was a senior manager with the Trinidad and Tobago Oil Company Limited (Trintoc). He was later appointed the first Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (Petrotrin) when it was established in 1993, a post that he held up to his retirement in 1997. He was the chairman of the boards of the National Gas Company (NGC), the National Energy Corporation (NEC) and Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited. In 2005, he received one of the country’s national awards, the Chaconia Medal (Gold), for long and meritorious service to Trinidad and Tobago in the sphere of national energy development.