HOUSTON, May 23, 2012 – CITGO Petroleum Corporation’s Terminal Facilities and Pipeline group was awarded the 2012 Platinum Award for Safety by the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) at the organization’s 32nd Annual Operating Conference and Trade Show here on Tuesday.

The Platinum Award for Safety is the highest achievement award given by ILTA. This award recognizes companies that have achieved outstanding safety and health performance through promoting and practicing safety awareness and minimizing workplace incidents and injuries. To be considered for the ILTA awards, firms must take part in a survey which collects safety performance data from the terminal industry. Companies identified as the top performers via the survey are invited to submit a detailed description of their safety and health programs. A panel of industry leaders conducts a blind review of those submissions and selects the Platinum Award winner.

“We are deeply honored to receive this award, which reflects our daily efforts to operate our business in a safe, environmentally sound manner. At CITGO, the safety of our employees and neighbors always comes first. We are also very excited for our employees’ efforts to have been recognized by their peers at the terminal industry’s premier conference event,” said Gustavo Velásquez, vice president supply and marketing.

CITGO owns and/or operates 48 petroleum product terminals, which comprise one of the largest networks in the country.

CITGO Petroleum Corporation, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products.  The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.


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Left picture: The 2012 ILTA Platinum Safety Award.

Right picture: Jim Sanders (center), general manager, terminal facilities and pipeline with CITGO, shakes hands with ILTA President David Doane, while Jack McCrossin, manager safety, health, environmental and security with CITGO, looks on.

CITGO employees from the Terminal Facilities & Pipeline group at the ILTA award ceremony. Holding the award are Jim Sanders, general manager, terminal facilities and pipeline, and Jack McCrossin, manager safety, health, environmental and security