Friday 19 April, 2019

PM: No position taken by gov't to sell Paria Fuel Trading Company

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley on Thursday asserted that there is no position taken by the government of Trinidad and Tobago to sell the Paria Fuel Trading Company Limited.

On Monday, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries Franklin Khan, in a statement indicated that an order was issued to retract any request for proposals for the company.

This followed reports that the Paria Fuel Company had been put on the market for sale.

Speaking at the weekly post cabinet media briefing at Diplomatic Centre in St. Ann’s on Thursday afternoon, the Prime Minister sought to clarify government’s position.

“There is no position taken by the government to sell the Paria Company, which is the fuel supply company. But based on what proposal is made to us, Paria is an asset, which the government will leverage to the best interest of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.”

The Prime Minister further explained that the Paria Fuel Company came into being to ensure that in the restructuring of Petrotrin that a fuel supply would be made available.

However, he noted that the government has always said that the refinery would be sold as part of the restructuring of Petrotrin and that the new owner will have to find their own oil.

“That is why having shut down our operation, we said the refinery would be made available to some other entity by way of public open offerings. That would mean that such person may have money and may want to get in the business, such person may want to own a refinery, such person may have oil available, they may have oil fields available, we don’t know.”

Opposition MP Dr. David Lee has called for Chairman of Trinidad Petroleum Holdings Limited (TPH), Wilfred Espinet, to be fired, after his announcement that Paria Fuel Trading Company had been put up for sale, which was later corrected by government.

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