But my specialty is South America, and when I see this, I am reminded that every major refinery fire related to lightning that I’ve heard about in the last few years has been in a PDVSA facility. Recall these ones.
No, it’s not coincidence. There is at least as much lightning in Houston as anywhere in Venezuela. The difference between the many oil facilities elsewhere in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico vs. Venezuela is that in Venezuela, work doesn’t go to the lowest bidder and then inspected. Instead, many contracts are given out based on who pays the best commissions to corrupt officials at PDVSA. There are people who know who had the contract to provide lightning protection to these facilities. What’s the company’s name?