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Costa Rica's government announced completion of the fuel and alternative energies component of the "national dialogue" underway to help guide policymaking in the field of energy.
Stakeholders agreed on the need for a new refinery, biofuels and a fuel rates model that incorporates environmental costs, the environment and energy ministry said in a statement.
The ministry will prepare a draft for inclusion in the seventh national energy plan which is due to be presented in July.
State oil company Petroecuador awarded Oil Services & Solutions (OSS) a US$13.8mn contract to install a used caustic soda treatment plant at the Esmeraldas refinery.
OSS, one of three groups invited to participate in a special bidding process, has 14 months to carry out the work, according to information from the NOC.
Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA's petroleum technology and research institute Intevep carried out tests of unmanned remotely piloted aerial vehicles (pictured, above left and below) at the Bare field in Anzoátegui state.
State-owned weapons company Cavim built the 2m drones which have a 4m wingspan, PDVSA said in a statement.