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Penal is located in Trinidad and Tobago
Penal (Trinidad and Tobago)
Coordinates: 10°10′N 61°28′W / 10.167°N 61.467°W / 10.167; -61.467Coordinates: 10°10′N 61°28′W / 10.167°N 61.467°W / 10.167; -61.467
Country Trinidad and Tobago
Settledc. 1900[2]
 • CouncilorShanty Boodram[4]
 • Member of ParliamentKamla Persad-Bissessar (Siparia) and Vidia Gayadeen-Gopeesingh (Oropouche West)[5]
 • Total12,281[1]
 Ranked 10th
Time zoneUTC−4 (AST)
Postal Code
Area code(s)+1 (868)-647[7]
Official languageEnglish

Penal is a town in south Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago. It lies south of San Fernando, Princes Town, and Debe, and north of Moruga and Siparia. It was originally a rice- and cocoa-producing area but is now a rapidly expanding and developing town. The population is 12,281.[8]

The heart of Penal contains many businesses while the outskirts focus on agricultural development. Penal has a police station, branches of three banks (Scotiabank, Republic Bank and First Citizens Bank) health facilities, photo studios, fast food restaurants, service stations, restaurants, and clothing stores.

Penal plays a major role in the energy supply to the nation's populace. Petrotrin, the national oil company, has a major sub-unit in Clarke Road and the National Gas Company has gas lines running through Penal that links the gas fields of the South East Coast and the industrial estates. One of the countries three major power generating plants owned by Powergen Ltd is located at Syne Village to the west of Penal.

Abdool Village,[9] Arquart Village,[10] Backar Yard, Bakhen, Batchiya Village,[11] Charlo Village,[12] La Costena Gardens,[13] Mendez Village,[14] Penal Rock-Bunsee Tr. Village,[15] Penal Quinam Road Village,[16] Sou Sou Lands,[17] and Syne Village[18] are located in Penal.

Penal's local give is administered by the Penal–Debe Regional Corporation. Penal is a part of the Siparia and Oropouche West constituency.

Notable residents[edit]

Notable persons from or born in the community:


External links[edit]

  • Virtual Museum of Trinidad and Tobago's Photos
  • "History of Our Power Stations: Penal". PowerGen.