$1.7m for no work as Petrotrin buys out exec's deal after hiring error

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.

Petrotrin refinery spruced up to attract buyer

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.