News & Updates

30 AprRescued birds being released

Sunday 2017 April 30, a week after one of the storage tanks at Petrotrin’s Pointe-a-Pierre operations developed a leak resulting in the discharge of its contents, the Company is pleased to advise that significant progress has been made in its recovery and clean-up activities both on land and in the port area at Pointe-a-Pierre.

Despite Petrotrin’s prompt response last Sunday, some of the spilled hydrocarbon escaped the primary containment and entered the sea. Since then, the Company has been working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries and the regulatory authorities and has implemented various containment and recovery measures. Whenever aerial and marine surveys revealed patches of spilled material, vessels have been quickly dispatched to treat with them using materials approved by the Ministry. Aerial surveys conducted both on Friday and yet again today (Sunday) reveal that there are no new sightings of oil outside of that contained by the booms.

However, one such patch of hydrocarbon material that was close to the border has since entered into Venezuelan waters. Our Ministry of Energy has notified the relevant authorities and a request for assistance has been made in accordance with the bi-lateral oil spill agreement between the two countries. Petrotrin’s Venezuelan counterpart, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), is expected to treat with the spilled material on the other side of the border. 

On Saturday, the Company established its own wildlife rehabilitation centre at Pointe-a-Pierre so that birds affected by the spill could be readily assessed and treatment initiated. Those needing additional care are being sent to one of the more specialised local facilities that that have been engaged. Four of the pelicans that received treatment were released yesterday and another is expected to be released today. 

The Company wishes to thank members of the public who have provided information about oiled wildlife and oil sightings via its 24-hour emergency response hotline - 658-SAFE (7233) and through its dedicated e-mail account

2017 April 30 

Corporate Communications Department