Groundwork laid for initial Petrocaribe shipment

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Groundwork laid for initial Petrocaribe shipment

GIS – Officials representing Petroleum of Venezuela (PDVSA) have provided positive feedback on a recent visit to Saint Lucia in preparation for the initial stages of shipping fuel under the island’s Petrocaribe agreement.

The  main objective of the trip was to gather information on the logistics and commercial aspects of the agreement for the initial fuel shipment.

Ambassador to Petrocaribe and ALBA, Hippolyte Eustace Vitalis, said since the initial agreement, Saint Lucia and Venezuela have been laying the groundwork for the fuel initiative.

“They are here so that they can get more information and assist in establishing the entity that will be responsible for the operating aspect, so that upon their return they can prepare a roadmap for the initial stages of the pumping of the fuel,” said the ambassador.

The experts met with local commercial stakeholders as well as government officials, describing the meetings as “productive and fruitful”.

“We met with people from LUCELEC, finance people, the Bureau of Standards and we talked about technical aspects that are needed in order to accomplish contracts, and administrative steps to initiate the product supply,” said PDV Caribe Sales and Marketing Manager, Daniel Comoretto.

Additionally, the officials met with Buckeye, formerly Hess Oil, and indicated their discourse with the operators of the storage facility was positive.

Comoretto added that under the initial Petrocaribe agreement between Saint Lucia and Venezuela, the island will receive supplies of diesel and gasoline.

In response to public concerns about the agreement, Ambassador Vitalis said Saint Lucians and especially petroleum dealers can rest easy.

“The intention is not to take 100 percent of the market. That is very important because a lot of the discussions that have gone around gives the impression that the government intends to establish private or government fuel stations,” said Ambassador Vitalis. “That is not the intention. The intention is to work with the present players.”

Discussions have been held with SOL, and according to the ambassador, the feedback was very encouraging given the company’s experience in neighbouring islands.

The initial agreement will result in Saint Lucia receiving 1,000 barrels of diesel and 500 barrels of gasoline per day. Ambassador Vitalis said in the future the government will look to expand the range of products under the agreement.

Said Ambassador Vitalis: “It is of great necessity for us as a government to try to see how we can ease off that pressure on the general public as it relates to the LPG supply. The petroleum dealers have always indicated that they will be very happy to work with the government on that initiative, as you are aware the government is subsidising the purchase of LPG to the general public.”

The ambassador affirmed that the intention is for PDVSA to occupy only a small segment of the local market. Additionally, there are significant benefits the country can accrue from this initiative through the establishment of the fund, that existing and new private businesses can utilise to generate economic activity at much lower interest rates.

Government will also be able to use part of the fund to finance social projects within the island’s communities.

Ambassador Vitalis indicated that Saint Lucia’s delay in signing on to the agreement, afforded them an opportunity to learn from the experiences of other signatories and adjust the country’s participation for greater national benefit.

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  1. Venezuela is bankrupt. People can hardly buy food. What the hack are those imbecile bureaucrats with high nonsense salaries paid by the Lucian tax payers doing?
    Living well. Buying a BMW or SUV to show off? It is sickening! Thiefs!!!?

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  2. Looks like the Devil is coming out of the details. Gosh what will it be, will he/she bring fire and brimstone?

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  3. One would have thought all these preliminary work would have been done before signing the agreement. Looks like we are in for a bad storm some where along the way.

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  4. Why is this St Lucian fool dressed in military fatigue???

    What the heck is going on?? You mean a little oil they giving us and you already trying to prove to Venezeula that we are a military state? Does that fool not know that we elect government in St Lucia? Jackass!!!

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    • you clearly know nothing about military fatigue. Perhaps enlarge the image before commenting smh

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      • Molly
        He is only a 1/2 star general fighting to climb up the ALBA ladder. He may not be wearing ALBa fatigues, but its close enough for 1/2 general.
        LOL

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