Clashes erupted between members of the municipal council of “Augusta” in the Italian island of Sicily and officials of the Sonatrach’s oil refinery in the same city, against the background of the facility’s future employment plan and the deadlines and costs of cleaning it up from pollution inherited from its former owner, America’s “Exxon Mobil” energy company.
Local media in Sicily reported that differences and confrontations arose last Monday between members of the Municipal Council of the city of “Augusta” and the CEO of the Sonatrach oil refinery in the same city “Augusta” against the backdrop of what they described as lingering ambiguity about the future employment plan in this oil facility.
According to the same sources, the Municipal Council was not convinced by what the CEO of the Sonatrach refinery, Rosario Pistorio, presented to the city council, considering that it was a brief and vague file and did not include the necessary details about future employment and current positions as well as the deadlines and costs of cleaning up the refinery from pollution inherited from the American Exxon Mobil.
The same sources stated that the Sonatrach environmental plan in the refinery left a severe confusion among officials and environmental protection societies, because there is no indication of the time limits and costs of cleaning operations at the refinery inherited from the American multinational company.
Last Thursday, Minister of Energy Mohamed Arkab replied to a reporter’s question for “Echorouk” on the sidelines of the Federation of Electrical and Gas Industries Workers’ Federation conference held at the Mazafran Hotel west of Algiers by saying: “The new board of directors has been installed … We are looking at how the refinery will serve the economy according to the program we have set up and the results will be issued any time soon”.
Also at the beginning of February, Sonatrach appointed new members to the board of directors of the “Augusta”-based refinery, with the aim of pushing forward the project in light of the great controversy triggered off by this vexed file, with Italian Rosario Pistorio retaining the position of CEO of the oil facility.
The board of directors of the “Augusta” refinery on the Algerian side included, Salah Bouaziz, as chairman of the board, Ziad Laadj as well as Boutouba, Atouche and Salima Abdoun, and the Italian side is represented by Rosario Pistorio, who will retain the position of CEO of the Sonatrach Refinery facility in Sicily.