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Howard Mollison resigns as Petrojam general manager after just over a year

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 2:13 PM

Jovan Johnson, Staff Reporter

Howard Mollison has resigned with immediate effect as general manager of Petrojam, just over a year after his appointment.

In an email he sent to staff this afternoon, a copy of which has been obtained by The Gleaner, Mollison said his resignation had nothing to do with his performance.

"My tenure at Petrojam has come to an end effective immediately," he said. 

"Please let me state without fear of contradiction that there is no issue of concern regarding my performance or the prudential management of the company during my tenure."

Mollison told the staff that as "parting gift", their incentive payment will be made by the end of this month.

Public Relations Officer at Petrojam, Latoya Pennant, confirmed the resignation.

Mollison, a former vice president at telecommunications firm LIME, now FLOW, was appointed general manager in March last year.

In April, both the Industrial Disputes Tribunal and the Labour Ministry intervened in a dispute between workers represented by the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees and the Petrojam management over issues relating work conditions and salaries.

Months before, Petrojam was forced to defend its systems over the bad gas saga.

The company has also faced questions in the past about its pricing system.

Petrojam is a limited liability company and falls under the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology.

It is jointly owned by PDVCaribe, a subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica.

Petrojam operates a 35,000-barrel per day hydro-skimming refinery, to produce automotive diesel oil; heavy fuel oil; kerosene/jet fuel, liquid petroleum gas, asphalt and gasoline.

It is projected to make a net profit of about J$ 2.5 billion this financial year, according to the 2016/2017 Jamaica Public Bodies document tabled in the Parliament in April.