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    CITGO Earns 2009 Safety Recognition From API

    Award was presented during the 61st Annual Pipeline Conference.

    HOUSTON -- The American Petroleum Institute (API) awarded CITGO Petroleum Corp. with an Occupational Safety Performance Award for 2009 during the 61st Annual Pipeline Conference in New Orleans.

    "As a company committed to the highest standards in safety, CITGO is honored to receive this prestigious award," Gustavo Velásquez, vice president supply and marketing, said in a statement. "The people of CITGO are also deeply committed to caring for our communities, our environment and each other. This dedication is in alignment with the principles of safety and environmental stewardship endorsed by our parent company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela."

    API recognized CITGO Pipeline for having the lowest recordable incidents for employees and contractors according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to CITGO. The energy company won the recognition in the operator category defined as either having less than 2,500 miles of active pipeline or less than 50 billion barrel miles and less than 1,248,000 combined contractor and employee work hours.

    In addition, CITGO was also recognized in the operator category with certificates for occupational safety performance for the lowest total vehicle accident rate, the company stated.

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