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Petrotrin’s assets to be audited

By Richardson Dhalai Friday, August 1 2014

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SPEAKING TO THE MEDIA: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Dookeran, left, while seated at right is Minister of Planning, Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie, du...
SPEAKING TO THE MEDIA: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Dookeran, left, while seated at right is Minister of Planning, Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie, du...

An audit of Petrotrin’s assets, including its infrastructure is to be done, according to the acting Minister of Energy, Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie.

He revealed this yesterday in the wake of the latest oil spillage at the company located at Pointe- a-Pierre.

According to Tewarie, the proposed audit was agreed to by Cabinet.

It is also expected to address the issue of equipment replacement and maintenance.

“The substantive Minister for Energy did bring some weeks ago, a note to Cabinet, that’s Minister (Kevin) Ramnarine, in which the auditing of all the assets of Petrotrin it was agreed to; Tewarie said, adding, “so once that begins, the question of the integrity on all the assets of Petrotrin will become important, and therefore you can deal with the issues of either maintenance or replacement.”

Addressing the post-Cabinet media briefing at the San Fernando Teaching Hospital, Chancery Lane, San Fernando yesterday, Tewarie, who was acting for Energy Minister, Senator Kevin Ramnarine, said, in response to a query about the amount of oil which was spilled into the Guaracara river, that the capacity of the oil tank was some 20,000 gallons of petroleum material.

However he pointed out that not all of the 20,000 gallons had been spilled into the river saying some 3,000 gallons had been immediately recaptured by the company in its retention ponds.

And while he declined from describing the spillage as an oil spill instead saying an number of factors had contributed to the spillage which included a overflow dam which did not contain the oil from the tank.

“The tank actually held about 20,000 gallons of material and it was a mixture of crude and other things but not all 20,000 ended up being unrecoverable nor did the 20,000 gallons go into the river,” Tewarie said, “so obviously a couple of thousands of gallons would have gone into the river, I think a lot of it would have gone into the catchment pond, and a lot of it would have been caught in the drains and in the compound of Petrotrin.’

“Let us not call this one an oil spill, it’s a leak on a ruptured tank which in no way turned out to be spillage,” Tewarie continued.

He said the company was constantly monitoring the air quality, and had offered medical care and meals for residents while also offering employment to residents.

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