The CITGO Petroleum Corporation claimed seven awards for the safety and environmental performance at its refineries in 2009. The awards were presented by the National Petrochemical and Refining Association (NPRA) during the XVIII Annual Safety Awards Banquet held in San Antonio, Texas during NPRA’s National Safety Conference.
"The awards are a further demonstration of our commitment to industrial safety and environmental leadership in alignment with the principles endorsed by our shareholder, Petroleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA), the state oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which promotes environmental protection and the improvement of the quality of life of local communities," said Citgo CEO Alejandro Granado.
"Achievements such as these are possible through hard work and commitment of each and every one of our employees," he added.
Of the seven awards, the CITGO Manufacturing Complex of Lake Charles received two awards for safety milestones, a gold award and one award for safety performance; CITGO’s Lemont Refinery received an award for safety milestones and an award for performance security and the CITGO refinery in Corpus Christi received an award for safety performance.
The prizes recognized safety performance at facilities with a Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) of 1.0 or less and with no deaths from accidents in 2009.
The Gold Award recognized facilities that have seen a reduction of 25 percent or more in its TRIR without work fatalities in 2009, compared with TRIR averaged over the last three calendar years.
The prize for security milestones (one million plus employee hours) recognized the facilities to operate over a million or more cumulative hours without a single employee missing a word day and no deaths recorded from work accidents in 2009.
The prize for security milestones (one plus years) recognized facilities that operated for one or more years without any employee missing one day at work and no deaths by accidents during 2009.
"These awards demonstrate the commitment of CITGO and its employees to environmental protection as one of the company’s core values," said Granado.
Citgo Press Office, HOUSTON, May 27, 2010 -