Pdvsa: Daily operations continue despite fire in refinery
Venezuelan Minister of Petroleum and Mining Rafael Ramírez has informed that fuel stock levels are sufficient
"As much as 50% of the naphtha located in the tank in fire has been transferred to another tank. There is not much product left in the tank (in fire), and that will allow us to carry out fire extinguishing activities more effectively," explained Ramírez.
Ramirez asserted that the refinery, which produces 135,000 barrels per day (bpd), continues operations and added that fuel stock levels are sufficient. "It is pivotal to remain calm," said Ramírez.
Venezuelan state-run oil company has reported no victims from the accident that took place on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Access to the highway has not been restricted. The affected areas remain closed, though.
The minister has also informed that 120 people are providing assistance to put out the fire.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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."