Workers at Colombia's Cartagena refinery begin strike

|By:, SA News Editor

Construction workers expanding Colombia's biggest oil refinery go on strike in a pay dispute, halting the $6.47B project but leaving refining operations unaffected.

Chicago Bridge and Iron (CBI) has been tasked with more than doubling capacity at the Cartagena refinery to 165K barrels by 2015 from the current 80K, but the oil workers union says CBI pays salaries well below those of other companies in the sector.

Owner Ecopetrol (EC) says refining operations are unaffected by the stoppage of ~10K workers on the project.