From the Field
Petrotrin refinery operations shut down
PORT OF SPAIN, December 3, 2018 – Trinidadian NOC Petrotrin has ceased refinery operations, local media reported over the weekend.
Minister of Energy and Energy Industries Franklin Khan confirmed to Parliament on Friday that the more than 100-year old facility had been successfully mothballed following a phased shutdown beginning in October.
“All hydrocarbons have been removed and the entire plant has been placed under a nitrogen atmosphere […] to save corrosion, fires and ignitions,” Minister Khan said, as cited by the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian newspaper. “We’re now going out for a request for proposals for somebody to run the refinery.”
Also over the weekend, Heritage Petroleum Company, Petrotrin’s successor, was reported to be investigating the sabotage of a pipeline that had caused the spill of about 5 barrels of oil in Grand Riviere.