The visit to the Esmeraldas Refinery made by 11 legislators from different parties on Wednesday, brought different assessments of how the plant operates, after the detection of flaws in different points. In a statement, the president of the Economic Development Commission, Esteban Albornoz (Alianza PAIS ruling party wrily), said that the refinery is operating at 100% of its capacity and processes 110,000 bpd of oil.
The conclusions of the parliamentary majority differ from those expressed by other legislators, such as Rina Campain (CREO Party), who said that the plant is in fact operating, but it represents an alert to the health of workers and the community. “You don´t have to be a technician to prove the damages at the refinery. There are red dots in the FCC Unit, 16 tanks have fissures (…) all workers assure that they could not work at such risk.”