Friday 18 January, 2019

Heritage Petroleum probes 'act of sabotage'

An investigation is underway following the discovery of an act of sabotage on a pipeline in Grand Riviere, Rancho Quemado on Friday.

Heritage Petroleum Company Limited said the 2.7-inch flow line was visibly severed and resulted in the spillage of approximately five barrels of oil.

The company said the spill was contained in an area of about 20 feet with no damage to the environment. The line has since been repaired and is now operational.

Heritage said it is working with the authorities to find the parties responsible and plans to use all legal means at its disposal to ensure those behind the sabotage are prosecuted.

An estimated 80 per cent of spilled material was collected and removed from the site.

All regulatory agencies, including the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs; the Environmental Management Authority (EMA); and the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) have been notified, the Company assured.

Heritage added that it is committed to ensure that all its assets and people operate safely and within the law.

Meanwhile, Trinidad Petroleum Holdings has suspended access to all its facilities until further notice following an alleged series of acts of vandalism, sabotage and obstruction by union members and other workers on Friday.

The company said the damage and destruction included the vandalism of mobile oil field equipment, a fire tender, state property, and privately owned vehicles.

As a result, with immediate effect, only individuals with valid identification, specific company passes, and those listed for access will be allowed into to the company’s facilities – with no exceptions.

Trinidad Petroleum said the new measures are critical to ensure the safety and well-being of all legitimate personnel and to protect and preserve valuable state assets, in the interest of ensuring public safety.

 

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