Statement from CWC Group:

In memory of H.E. Dr. Alirio Parra

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of His Excellency Dr Alirio Parra, Former Minister of Energy and Mines, Venezuela and Senior Advisor, CWC Group Limited, on the 9th of March 2018, aged 90. Dr Parra was an inspiration to us all and will be sorely missed here at CWC.

Alirio was energised by the industry and refused to give up work as he got older. Up until very recently Dr Parra was one of the first in the office in the morning, and in 2017 was still insisting to  travel to Vienna and his beloved Nigeria. Dr Parra also had an incredible thirst for knowledge, whether it was latest industry trends, or the functionality of the latest Apple product, he never felt he was too old to learn. With a strong moral compass, an unrelenting dedication to his industry, and a calm and modest persona he was an example to all of our staff both past and present.

Early in his career, as a member of the Presidential Commission on Oil Nationalisation in 1975, he participated in the creation of Petroleos de Venezuela S.A., or PDVSA. In fact, as a founding Board Member of PDVSA, he spent 15 years helping to shape the company into an efficient, global commercial enterprise. In this, he modernised PDVSA’s downstream sector and revamped the entire refinery sub-sector, while also making sure the company was more efficiently integrated into world markets. He also initiated and facilitated the development of Orinoco heavy crude.

Dr. Parra was Venezuela’s Minister of Energy and Mines from 1992–94 and during this period he also served as President of the OPEC Conference. Read more…

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