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Petrotrin has handed over to police
all records of payment connected to
the Southwest Soldado developmental
deal, saying it is yet to recover monies
from Mexican shipping firm Maritima
de Ecologia SA de CV (Maritima).
A senior Petrotrin official is alleged
to have pushed through the deal, breach-
ing Petrotrin s own rules and contract
requirements by paying the upfront
commissioning fee of US$1.25 million
(TT$7.94 million) to Maritima.
In a letter dated April 17, sent to acting
Police Commissioner Stephen Williams,
Petrotrin chairman Khalid Hassanali
said Petrotrin was prepared to give police
all the records and make available all
personnel pertinent to the investigation.
Hassanali also confirmed that
US$750,000 (TT$4.794 million) in public
funds which was paid to Maritima was
never recovered, even though evidence
surfaced that it was returned to two
private bank accounts.
"Recent newspaper reports suggest
that US$750,000 of the advance pay-
ment made to Maritima was returned
to two local private accounts at the Eller-
slie Plaza Branch of Scotia Bank, located
at Maraval, Port-of-Spain.
The articles suggest that the monies
were returned to these accounts allegedly
on Petrotrin s instructions but to date
Petrotrin has not received such funds,"
Hassanali said. "In the circumstances,
we will be grateful if you can address
this matter at your earliest convenience.
We stand ready to provide you with any
and all information concerning this
issue." Hassanali said on March 8, 2012,
Petrotrin awarded a contract for the
provision of a temporary offshore pro-
duction and compression facility for
west and Southwest Soldado to Mar-
itima. However, Maritima failed to per-
form its contractual obligations and
Petrotrin terminated the contract.
Contacted on his cellphone yesterday,
Williams said he was out of the country
and could not give any details on the
"I have to be updated on that matter.
Later in the week I will meet with the
Head of the Anti-Corruption Bureau
and get an update on the status of this
matter," Williams said.
Three documents, including the find-
ings of the auditor s report, information
on some contractors and correspondence
leading up to the auditor s report have
already been handed to the police by
the Oilfields Workers Trade Union
(OWTU). OWTU s president general
Ancel Roget has accused Petrotrin of
destroying pertinent information about
Meanwhile, a letter obtained by the
Guardian dated April 19, 2012, named
Jeffrey Clark as the local contact for the
project. He was placed in charge of Ten-
der 11.10321477 by Maritima s director
Gabriel Delgado Saldivar.
On its Web site yesterday, Petrotrin
said, "Clark, who is alleged to have reg-
istered Sterling Marine Ltd. (SML), the
reported beneficiary of US$100,000, is
not and never was an agent or repre-
sentative of Petrotrin."
Probe Soldado deal
Petrotrin to cops:
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