20 September 2013 22:08 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Operations were uninterrupted on Friday at Ecopetrol’s Cartagena refinery following a strike by construction workers that halted the $6.47bn (€4.79) expansion project, Refineria de Cartagena (Reficar) said.
"The Cartagena refinery is operating at full capacity, processing 80,000 bbls/day," Reficar said. "The strike is not with Ecopetrol nor Reficar; it is with CBI Colombiana, a contractor working on the expansion."
The USO, an oil sector labour union, says it wants wage increases of up to 43% depending upon job function.
The work stoppage follows weeks of labour disruptions in the coal mining, trucking, coffee and cocoa sectors.
Chicago Bridge and Iron (CB&I), the US company working on the expansion of the refinery, did not immediately return a call and email seeking comment.
CB&I and the union continue to negotiate to reach a deal to suspend the strike and for workers to return to their jobs, the union and Reficar said.
The project aims to expand the Cartagena refinery to 165,000 bbl/day from its current capacity of 80,000 bbl/day.
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