Fire continues at El Palito refinery
On Friday morning, flames flared up in the reformed naphtha storage tank 170x5 at El Palito refinery (north Venezuela).
Flames flared up on Friday morning, but experts assert that this is normal as long as fuel residues remain in the tanks.
On the other hand, the fire registered on Wednesday night in tank 170x6 has already been put out.
Rafael Ramírez, the President of state-run oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) and Minister of Petroleum and Mining, informed that the processing units of El Palito refinery were not damaged by the electrical storm on Wednesday.
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."