The Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union is denying worker involvement in the sabotaging of Petrotrin assets following the shutdown of the company on Friday.
The union made the comment in response to a media release by Trinidad Petroleum Holdings Ltd (TPHL), the company taking over Petrotrin assets, which stated access to all its facilities was suspended following acts of sabotage by union members and employees. Petrotrin is now a legacy company but is a subsidiary of the newly formed TPHL.
The Heritage Petroleum Company Limited is investigating an act of sabotage on one of the company's lines in Grande Riviere.
According to the company, a 2.7-inch flow line was visibly severed resulting in the spillage of approximately five barrels of oil. The line has since been repaired and approximately 80 per cent of the spill has been collected and removed from the site.
Heritage Petroleum says there has been no damage to the environment.
Petrotrin says it has today paid out $2.7 billion to former workers as the company's operations come to an end.
Petrotrin issued a statement on the matter on Friday afternoon.
"Today marks the end of Petrotrin’s operations and is an understandably difficult period for all of those affected.
Consistent with its commitment, the Company has today disbursed $2.7 billion in exit and other payments to its employees.