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Save 1.3 million barrels of oil. The environmental disaster would be gigantic if they spilled into the sea. But his case remains unattended.

Damage to the Nabarima, a Venezuelan crude storage vessel in the Caribbean, could cause “an environmental disaster” If the 1.3 million barrels it keeps are not discharged, opposition leaders and oil unionists continue to denounce, without anything happening.

Boat photos Nabarima inclined, with several meters of its waterline sunk in the sea, aroused concern after being disseminated last week by an environmental organization on social networks, although the state PDVSA have denied previously that the condition of the ship may represent “a threat to the ecosystem of the area.”

The boat of 264 meters long, an offshore storage unit for oil tanker cargo, is located in the Gulf of Paria (Sucre state, west), in Venezuelan waters close to Trinidad and Tobago.

“If the oil is not transferred, even if they could stabilize the Nabarima, there will be permanently the risk of an environmental disaster,” declared this Wednesday the opposition parliamentarian Robert Alcalá, who denounces that the maintenance of the ship It was abandoned in 2014.

El Nabarima belongs to Petrosucre, a joint venture with 74% shares of PDVSA and 26% of the Italian company Eni SpA

Two vessels, Ícaro and Inmaculada, would have been sent to the area by PDVSA allegedly to unload the stored crude, another legislator who is against the government of Nicolás Maduro, Luis Stefanelli, told AFP. This has not been confirmed by the state company.

For a long time, the situation at Nabarima has been subject to complaints.

Oil unionist Eudis Girot commented on Wednesday that maintenance problems at the Nabarima began in 2014, but “were ignored” by PDVSA. On August 12, a group of workers reported that the ship had an 8% incline, with its engine room flooded and its bilge pumps burned.

However, in September, a PDVSA statement described the alarms as “fake news.” “This tanker has all the operational and safety conditions and does not constitute any threat to the ecosystem,” he said.

According to Girot, PDVSA and Eni allege that the financial sanctions imposed by the United States on Venezuela and its oil company have hampered the possibilities of moving the crude.

“There are no excuses for that oil to remain in Nabarima, the sanctions cannot be excuses, the oil has to be removed from there to avoid a tragedy,” said the union leader.

Complaints of environmental damage due to lack of maintenance of facilities are frequent amid the collapse of Venezuela’s oil industry.

The western coasts of the country have been affected in August, September and October by oil spills in two of its main fuel refining centers, Paraguaná (Falcón state) and El Palito (Carabobo), which the socialist government is trying to reactivate due to a severe gasoline shortage.

Venezuela’s crude production went from 3.2 million barrels a day 12 years ago to about 400,000 barrels today.




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