Upon the closure of Petrotrin’s refinery next month, there will be a 20-day supply of fuel from stock “to start with,” Energy Minister Franklin Khan has assured the travelling public.
“Trust me - I want to give the country the assurance there will be a smooth transition from refinery fuel to imported fuel,” Khan added in Parliament yesterday in reply to Opposition concerns over the fuel supply after the refinery’s closure.
The Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago says it warmly welcomes the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago and congratulates both governments on this positive step towards strengthening regional economic and social integration.
The MOU recognizes that the development of the energy sector contributes significantly to the strengthening of economic and social development while improving the quality of life of the citizens of both countries.
Energy Minister Franklyn Khan says there is nothing sinister about the secretive storage of hundreds of barrels of catalysts inside Petrotrin's compound, which are needed to start up petrochemical processing units in the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.
Photographs of the catalysts were obtained exclusively by the T&T Guardian and were stored under an unoccupied, overgrown, multi-story structure inside the Petrotrin compound at Pointe-a-Pierre.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley received a courtesy call from Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, Charles O. Holliday today at the Diplomatic Centre, St. Anns.
Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Franklin Khan and Minister of National Security, Minister of Communications and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young were also at the meeting.
Trinmar’s Branch President Ernesto Kesar is debunking any notion that the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) had anything to do with the purported sale of Petrotrin’s refinery.
In an interview on Tuesday morning about an hour before the OWTU went into a meeting with Petrotrin’s Board, Kesar said the lives of over 100,000 people were hanging in a balance.
He said about 3,400 workers will be directly affected if the PNM government sold or privatized Petrotrin’s operations.