Published On: Fri, Jul 22nd, 2016

PdVSA Minister willing to come and calm down situation at oil refinery

P1030833WILLEMSTAD -  There are top executives at the Venezuelan State Oil Company (PdVSA) that are willing to come to Curaçao to talk to parties at the oil refinery Isla to bring tranquility to the company.

On the other hand, the negotiating group that traveled to Venezuela to meet on this topic still has not received the opportunity to talk to Prime Minister Bernhard Whiteman to inform him about the results of the meetings. This is according to the morning newspaper Extra which cited sources close to the negotiating group.

The group consists of representatives of the unions APRI, PWFC and former union leader Errol Cova as their advisor. They had a meeting with top executives including Asdrubal Chavez, former PdVSA Director and now Member of the Venezuelan Parliament.

The group also met with the new Director of the company Dr. Longo.

According to the sources, the most important meeting during this visit to Venezuela was with the Minister of Oil and Mine, Dr. Eulogio del Pino. During this meeting, the parties discussed the problems at the oil refinery, especially the unrest under the employees. But also PdVSA’s commitment and the interest in the LNG plant project, which needs to be crystallized as soon as possible. Venezuela has shown the interest in placing a gas pipe between the two countries.

But many of these issues depend on the political decisions and that is why it is important for the two governments to meet as soon as possible.

Recently, Premier Whiteman spoke with his Venezuelan colleagues, but he did not give any clarity on what was discussed.

According to the sources, the government is keeping the discussions between them and Venezuela secret. But the Venezuelan minister indicated that he is willing to visit Curaçao to bring tranquility to the situation.

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