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September 1, 2006 at 3:08 am #4153
Most Petrotrin refinery units down; production cut: spokesman
Production is cut and most units are not operating at the 160,000 b/d
Pointe-a Pierre refinery owned by Trinidad and Tobago’s state oil company
Petrotrin, a company spokesman told Platts Friday.
“We’re not able to keep the refinery up and running,” said the spokesman,
Petrotrin’s facility at Pointe-a-Pierre is Trinidad and Tobago’s only
Corneal said units started going off line late Tuesday and only the
catalytic cracker and a distillation tower were now operating.
“We are certainly not even close to what we are supposed to be
[producing],” Corneal said, without providing production figures.
He said workers at the facility are not on strike, but the company is
having problems conducting routine maintenance and repairing equipment.
Corneal said he could not rule out sabotage to the downed unit by
refinery workers. “Mysteriously things seem not to be functioning as they
should,” he said. “We’re not ruling out anything — it’s very strange.”
The company and the oil workers union have been locked in contentious
negotiations for about eight months, with the union demanding a 32% salary
hike over three years, and the company offering 10%, and a 2% annual lump sum
The talks are part of a collective bargaining accord that is
re-negotiated every three years.
–Laura BrooksHouston (Platts)–11Aug2006
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