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Citgo to donate thousands of diesel barrels to storm-hit Puerto Rico

By on October 3, 2017

Citgo gas station in Lafayette, Louisiana. (iStock)

SAN JUAN — Citgo Petroleum Corporation, an indirect subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) announced that it will donate up to 50,000 barrels of diesel to Puerto Rico in order to contribute to federal, state and local agencies in providing services to those affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane María.

Citgo, in partnership with the government of Puerto Rico and San Juan City Hall, will use the diesel barrels from the Citgo Lake Charles (Louisiana) refinery to meet the immediate electrical power needs of hospitals, senior citizen nursing homes, hostels and other public facilities that currently operate with diesel generators.

This donation is in line with a Citgo tradition of supporting disaster relief programs as part of corporate social responsibility efforts in communities where the company operates, as well as in others where it may be necessary.

The programs have included relief efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, then Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and more recently, efforts after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma that devastated the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.

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In cases of natural disasters, Citgo has prioritized not only helping those affected, but also using the strength of its resources and operations to restore fuel supply and meet the region’s short-term energy needs.

Citgo personnel expressed their support to the people of Puerto Rico during these difficult times. The company stated that this donation will help alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable, while the island’s electrical energy system is restored.

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