OILFIELDS Workers’ Union (OWTU) general president Ancel Roget said the union would have more to say at a later date about the unsuccessful efforts of his Patriotic Energies and Technologies Company Ltd to acquire the former Petrotrin refinery in Pointe-à-Pierre.
During a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of labor movement founder Tubal Uriah “Buzz” Butler at the Fyzabad public cemetery on Saturday, Roget said the government believed the closure of Petrotrin in 2018 would have destroyed the OWTU.
He said when that did not happen, the government attempted to entangle the union as it sought to acquire the refinery through Patriotic.
Roget claimed that while Patriotic was doing everything in his power to acquire the refinery, the government was working behind the scenes to make sure Patriotic failed.
“It was all a ruse.
“At the appropriate time, in a short time, we will be making a full statement on this Patriotic issue.
“There is another proposal before them for the acquisition of these assets for which they never responded.”
Without mentioning his name, Roget prayed for the soul of the former Minister of Energy, Franklin Khan, who died on April 17. “May he find peace with his Creator. God bless him.”
On April 9, Khan said his ministry was working with the Ministry of Finance to develop a new Request for Proposal (RFP) for the sale of the refinery.
“In a few weeks, we will launch a new tender for the refinery. It is in the hands of the Minister of Finance (Colm Imbert).
My optimism is that Heritage crude, which is heavy crude, sells for more than BP’s east coast crude. There is a market for a refinery of this nature.
“This government is adamant about restarting the refinery because it can create jobs, economic activity, multiplier effects and, most importantly, it will create foreign currency.”
Khan added that after the sale, the state will no longer be involved in refining activities but will focus on exploration and production, which is Heritage Petroleum’s core business.
Prime Minister Stuart Young was appointed Minister of Energy on April 19 after Khan’s death.
At that time, the OWTU said it would not comment on the matter until the RFP was released.
The Pointe-à-Pierre refinery was closed in 2018 and the government subsequently opened calls for tenders for the sale of the facility. The government has three times rejected the Patriotic’s offer of US $ 700 million for the refinery.