CITGO Operations Continue Despite Threat of Hurricane Rita
Sep 23, 2005
TULSA, Okla. --- CITGO Petroleum Corporation’s Lake Charles Manufacturing Facility and corporate headquarters in Houston are battened down in anticipation of Hurricane Rita, expected to make landfall somewhere between Houston and Lake Charles late tonight.
“While our main concern is for the safety of our employees and their families in the affected areas, our employees at the Corpus Christi Refinery are returning to work today in order safely restart the plant and assure that we are able to maintain a normal level of operations there,” said Félix Rodríguez, CITGO president and CEO. “Additionally, our Lemont, Ill. refinery continues to operate normally, as do our asphalt refineries in Paulsboro, N.J. and Savannah, Ga.”
“We have relocated essential operations, such as our crude trading operation and executive leadership, to Tulsa, Okla., in order to ensure continuity in our everyday business operations,” Rodríguez added. “We will be continually evaluating the impact of the storm on our facilities and have teams in place to assess any impact on those facilities so that we may safely return to normal operations as quickly as possible.”
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.