State-owned oil company, Petrotrin says it has uncovered three attempts at sabotage which took place on Tuesday.
One included setting a chemical shed on fire.
Petrotrin issued the following statement on Wednesday.
"At approximately 11.45 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday, 2018 October 02) a report of three (3) incidents at North Palo Seco, Tank Battery No.1 (McLeod Battery) in the Central Los Bajos Field was made by production personnel who had been conducting routine checks.
Investigations revealed that the three (3) incidents were the result of sabotage:-
1. A fire at the chemical shed located at the Battery.
2. A two-inch diameter valve on Tank No. 1 was opened and a bull plug removed from Tank No. 2, causing a quantity of oil and water to flow inside the bunded area.
3. Four test tanks bleed valves were also opened, but the tanks were empty.
Petrotrin’s emergency response Fire and HSE personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene, and:
1. The fire at Tank Battery No. 1 was extinguished
2. The spill at Tank No. 2 was contained within the bunded area and the remaining oil from the tanks was pumped and moved to Main Storage area. Clean-up operations continue and the surrounding areas have not been polluted.
3. The valves were closed.
All regulatory agencies, including the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs; the Environmental Management Authority (EMA); and the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) have been notified.
The Company remains committed to ensuring that all its assets and people operate in a safe and secure environment."
Photo: Petrotrin oil tanks in Pointe-a-Pierre, from the website of The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago.