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Trinidad: Caricom fuel contracts with Petrotrin in trouble

THE ripple effect of the pending closure of Petrotrin’s refinery is being felt in the Caricom region.

President general of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) Ancel Roget said his union has had discussions with some prime ministers in the region and with the source of their supply uncertain, they are all nervous about what is taking place at the refinery.

Petrotrin supplies refined products such as gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel to countries in the region and beyond, including Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia.

Records indicate that its exports to countries in the region amount to 25,000 barrels per day, 38,000 to extra-regional countries and 6,000 to other regional countries.

“Our Caricom partners who are today recipients of our fuel, who depend on this fuel to power their own economies, are claiming they have no information. They say nobody is talking to them about what seems to be a knee-jerk decision to close the source of supply of fuels to these countries.

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