Friday, December 15, 2017

Petrotrin workers want audit

$8m spent two years ago on Soldado Project but no work done...

PETROTRIN workers want the State to conduct a forensic audit into the operations of the South West Soldado Development Project, where a floating facility is expected to be built.

They say some $8 million was paid to a company two years ago but no work was done.

Yesterday, employees of Petrotrin’s Trinmar operations in Point Fortin held a meeting to discuss their issues.

It was held at the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) Branch Hall, Newlands, Point Fortin.

Emile James, the branch’s vice-president, said they were concerned about the operations at Trinmar and the southwestern region that was why an audit was being requested.

He said: “Our livelihood is Trinmar.  We want to see Trinmar move. Trinmar is the only oil establishment and produces the most amount of oil in Trinidad  and Tobago. We are calling for an investigation, a forensic audit into the operations on that whole southwest  team and the whole arrangement with that certain facility.”

He said: “To date, we have not seen or heard anything about that production facility and we want to know what is happening with that. Where  has the money gone? We could do whatever is necessary to have the production where it supposed to be.”

In 2012, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced that 48 million barrels of crude oil were found off the Gulf of Paria near Point Fortin.

However, James said: “To date, we have had no production from that area. They drilled about three or four wells. Lines have not been attached so we have had no joy of that oil that the Prime Minister spoke about in that area.”

Gillian Friday, Petrotrin’s manager of corporate communication, in an e-mailed response to the Express, stated: “Petrotrin understands that the Trinmar branch of the OWTU held a meeting attended by some of  Petrotrin’s employees and contractors’ employees at the OWTU Branch Hall in Point Fortin this morning.  We do not have any information on what transpired at that meeting at this time. In the meantime, we remain focused on boosting efforts to increase crude oil production, which is critical to our continued survival.”