A $1.7 million contract buyout to a hired foreigner whose services were eventually deemed not necessary, some $23,770 spent on catering lunch for two days and millions paid to consultants and recruitment companies.
The figures were laid out by Opposition senator Gerald Ramdeen in his contribution to yesterday’s Senate debate on the vesting of Petrotrin assets to Heritage Petroleum, Paria Fuel Trading Company and Guaracara Refining.
“It is a web of illegality taking place left, right and center,” Ramdeen said.
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.