Oil Minister: Amuay is to resume operations in two days
According to Rafael Ramírez, Minister of Petroleum and Mining, there is enough fuel in the country to supply the local market
"We are capable of resuming operations in two days time," the minister and also President of state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) pledged.
He urged the population to avoid nervous purchases of fuel because there is no risk of fuel shortage. "There are enough hydrocarbons in the country to supply the local market," he remarked.
Ramirez also notified that the authorities keep working to secure the area until they manage to completely extinguish the fire.
The explosion of two propane-butane gas tanks in the Amuay refinery, in the Paraguaná Refining Complex, was the cause of the fire occurred approximately at 1:11 a.m. on Saturday, as reported by local authorities.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."