Itâ€™s much more worse that you can imagine.
My name is Vlad Domennov and I am citizen of Russia, who cares about Dominica future. After I read the post on the Russian Version of DW, I decide to contact to specialist in the oil industry. I got first replay from Sergey Ogarkov, who is Ukrainian.
Sergey Ogarkov, Ukraine.
JSC â€œLukoil-Odessa Oil-Refineryâ€ (101-1000 people, chemistry/oil-chemistry), Odessa.
I work in this company from the September 1992.
I have worked as engineer, chief of installation, head of production, the lead project manager, and now I do the investments projects and the prospect for the refinery.
My question to him:
Sergey, please, could you tell how many work places in the Oil Refinery, which refine 10 000 barrels per day? Is it about 2000 tonnes?I got an unexpected answer from him:
1 barrel = 159 litres or approximately 137.5 kg. That means 10 000 barrels = 1375 tonnes per day or approximately 460 000 thousand tonnes per year. The world practice shows that the processing of less than 4 million tons a year for the Oil Refinery is unprofitable. Accordingly, the project will never pay off.
The more so, to have the Oil Refinery in the area that could bring huge profits as a tourist paradise, its a very stupid.
That means If you want the Dominica Oil Refinery didnâ€™t give your only losses, this refinery should refine not less then 80 000 barrels of oil. Did you see in the movie cargo trains? Could you imagine barrel in the height of 3 meters and length of 12 meters? Such barrels should go about one and a half miles (more than 2 kilometers) every day. One damage of an oil barge â€“ and fishermen can forget about fish. And do not dream about tourists anymore â€“ you will never see them again in the island. Nobody will want bananas, because Oil Refinery close to the plantations and your competitors will sink you at one moment.