Refidomsa calls supply tenders

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

The Dominican Republic's state oil refiner Refidomsa has called a series of tenders for the supply of "all products" to cover possible shortages resulting from Venezuela's general strike, a Refidomsa source told BNamericas.

"Most products come from Venezuela so it's very logical that Refidomsa looks to other suppliers," the source said, declining to give details on any of the tenders.

"If there is any shortage [of products] it would be very short lived," the source added.

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Refidomsa's 800,000 barrels of fuel reserves, together with retailers' stock, means that the Dominican Republic has enough fuel to last through to early January, Refidomsa chairman Amaury Duarte said, quoted in the Venezuelan press.

President Hipolito Mejia ordered the company to hold the tenders, Duarte said, adding that a shipment of 500,000 barrels of Mexican crude is expected to arrive within 20 days.