(Energy Analytics Institute, 17.Oct.2020) — The Nabarima floating storage unit with around 1,180,000 barrels of oil and located offshore Venezuela’s Sucre state is at increased risk of sinking, an oil union official warns.
Nabarima belongs to the Empresa Mixta PetroSucre, which partners state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and Italy’s Eni. PetroSucre operates the Corocoro Oeste Field.
Issues with the tanker were initially detected in late August 2020, but PDVSA has continued to argue there is no risk of an environmental disaster if the tanker were to sink.
“The situation on board is critical, the pump room is inoperative, the generators are damaged, the automatic valves don’t work,” said Eudis Girot, Executive Director with the Unitary Federation of Petroleum Workers of Venezuela (FUTPV by its Spanish acronym) on 17 October 2020 in a social media post. “Working conditions are subhuman, and the physical integrity and the lives of the workers are at risk.”
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