As Petrotrin’s refinery becomes mothballed and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are sent to the ‘world at large’, workers say an extensive facelift of the upgraded refinery is underway.
A source who requested anonymity said the 22 plants have been pressure washed and are looking better than they have ever looked in years.
The submission of evidence in the Oilfield’s Workers Trade Union’s industrial relations offence complaint against Petrotrin came to a close this morning.
The cross-examination of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Vishnu Dhanpaul concluded with senior counsel Douglas Mendes, who is representing the OWTU, attempting to ascertain just when a government guarantee for an outstanding loan of USD $850m was granted to Petrotrin.
Communications Minister, Stuart Young says that no imported fuel has been sold at gas station pumps as yet, as he sought today to debunk rumours that imported fuel is burning faster than the local fuel from Petrotrin.
Speaking at today's post-Cabinet news conference, Minister Young said that Petrotrin only got its first batch of imported fuel last night.
Petrotrin chairman Wilfred Espinet says while he told Government officials that the refinery would likely not be profitable in a meeting in January, he never advised Government to close down Petrotrin.
Espinet made the comment yesterday during cross-examination by Oilfields’ Workers’ Trade Union attorney Douglas Mendes SC, as the union’s industrial relations offence complaint against Petrotrin continued.