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Russian-owned refinery in Sicily to be put into trusteeship

Meloni hails protection of 'strategic' asset

(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 2 - A Russian-owned oil refinery at Priolo in Sicily is to be put under trusteeship in a bid to avert its closure when an embargo on seaborne Russian oil kicks in shortly, government sources said Thursday night.
    Trustees will shortly be named for the Lukoil-owned facility, they said.
    The ISAB-Lukoil plant will have a commissioner for 12 months at least, with the term able to be extended for another 12 months.
    Premier Giorgia Meloni voiced satisfaction with the government's "urgent" move.
    "Premier Giorgia Meloni, expresses satisfaction for the approval by cabinet of a decree law to protect the national interest in strategic productive sectors," a note from the premier's office said.
    "(It is) a norm with which the government intervenes, among other things, to ensure the continuity of work at the ISAB refinery in Priolo, which employs with its allied industries about 10,000 people.
    "The purpose of the emergency intervention is to protect both a strategic national energy hub and employment levels which are so significant for Sicily and the entire nation". (ANSA).


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