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Venezuela Puts Hurricane-Ravaged Dominica’s Energy Industry Back on Its Feet

Dominica with a population of 70,000, hasn't suffered such enormous devastation since 1979 when Hurricane David struck/Photo: teleSUR
Venezuela Puts Hurricane-Ravaged Dominica’s Energy Industry Back on Its Feet

Dominica with a population of 70,000, hasn’t suffered such enormous devastation since 1979 when Hurricane David struck.

The Caribbean island of Dominica ravaged by the catastrophic Hurricane Maria, claiming three lives, is now on a path of slow recovery.

With most of their services nonfunctional, the diesel, gasoline and Liquefied Petroleum gas services were restored to the island most known for its tropical rain forests.

In the aftermath of the category 5 storm, the fuel storage and distribution plant, Waitikubuli, that opened in 2009 as part of the PetroCaribe initiative, one of the major gas filling stations that suffered damages was restored and made operational within a week of the hurricane striking by a joint initiative led by the local Dominica staff and a team from Venezuela. The wholesale activities involving diesel, gasoline and Liquefied Petroleum gas, LPG, were made operational.

The PetroCaribe initiative, an oil alliance between several Caribbean states and Venezuela helps the nations purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment and was introduced in 2005 by Venezuela’s leader, Hugo Chavez.

Dominican Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, had described the Waitikubuli gas station when it opened as a “true spirit and symbol of cooperation and unity between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Dominica” who also called PetroCaribe, a lifeline of several economies in the region and an “an instrument which seeks to address social and economic inequality between countries and within countries.”

The Waitikubuli plant that is run through a joint venture CENTENARIAN LPG program, has a capacity of filling 1,000 cylinders per day. And over 7,000 cylinders are distributed monthly on the island. The program offers a gas cylinder and/or free kitchen to senior citizens and is refilled at no cost by accessing an authorized LPG agent in their community. As of today, there are a total of 35 centenarians who benefit from this program.

Dominica with a population of 70,000, hasn’t suffered such enormous devastation since 1979 when Hurricane David struck.

Source/teleSUR

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