Petrotrin says its Operations, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and Security personnel are currently engaged in recovery and cleanup efforts at the site of an oil spill in the Catshill Field.
A statement by the company says that following receipt of reports of the incident on Monday, the company activated its Oil Spill Response System and Incident Command Team and has provided the necessary
resources to effectively manage this incident.
State-owned oil company Petrotrin will be taking possession of the Catshill field by noon today.
The move comes a day after a and v oil and gas was defeated in the privy council. It meant a and v was unable to prevent Petrotrin from terminating its multi-million dollar contract with them.
The Catshill field was previously operated by A&V Oil and Gas.
Petrotrin has been given the all clear to terminate its contractual arrangements with A&V oil and gas.
This after the privy council refused to grant A&V oil permission to appeal a ruling of the local court of appeal,
A man who breached the fence at Petrotrin's Pointe-A-Pierre refinery is now under police guard at the San Fernando General Hospital for injuries he sustained in a confrontation with security guards.
Petrotrin says that on Wednesday, 2018 February 21, Pet0rotrin’s Estate Police detained a member of the public who breached the perimeter of the fence bordering the company’s Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.
According to initial reports, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Petrotrin’s security officers, on patrol in a secure area of the refinery, spotted an unauthorized person in the area.
Petrotrin says its officials, along with other stakeholders, are continuing investigations into reports of the presence of strong odours at different locations in Point Fortin.
A statement by the state oil company says that upon receiving initial reports, the company’s emergency responders visited the identified areas and conducted air quality testing and monitoring.
It says inspections of the company’s infrastructure in the area, particularly its pipeline network, were also undertaken.
However, no leaks have been detected.
Despite facing a financial bind, the monthly overtime bill at State-owned Petrotrin is $22 million, while its annual wage bill to its 5,000 employees amounts to $2 billion.
This was what was revealed before a Joint Select Committee (JSC) chaired by Finance Minister Colm Imbert on Energy Affairs, as senior management of Petrotrin was yesterday interrogated into the operations of the energy company at the ANR Robinson Room, Tower D, Port-of-Spain.
Petrotrin says it is not associated with oil that has been sighted along Alexander Street in San Fernando.
Petrotrin said the source of oil has remained a mystery for over a decade but notes that it does not have any installations in that area.
Petrotrin issued the following statement on Thursday;
"Following reports of oil being observed along Alexander Street in San Fernando, personnel from Petrotrin’s Health Safety and Environment (HSE) Department visited the area and are conducting investigations.
The Oilfield Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) has mobilised Petrotrin workers today in a show of force.
It comes as the union signals its intention to oppose any attempt by the government to retrench workers and privatise state-owned Petrotrin.
The mass mobilisation was expected to began at 7 am at Petrotrin’s Trinmar operations in Point Fortin and will continue at the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery on Friday.