A typical “petrocasa”
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Fifty “petrocasas” houses from Venezuela are being donated to St Kitts and Nevis by President Nicolás Maduro’s administration.
Petrocasas are constructed from by-products of Venezuela’s oil refining industry. PVC panels are fitted together on a concrete base then filled with concrete, steel and iron girders to make the petrocasas. The houses measure approximately 70 square metres (753 square feet) and, in Venezuela, they typically have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and dining rooms, a kitchen and a metallic tile roof.
The petrocasas can be assembled in a little over a week and cost close to 50 percent less than conventional homes. Thermal insulation also makes them cooler than conventional homes.
On Monday, March 6, 2017 in Caracas, the foreign minister of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, provided the prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris, with an update on the donation of the petrocasas. Raúl Li Causi, Venezuela’s vice minister for the Caribbean, supported the foreign minister in the bilateral talks.
“I came from speaking with the minister in charge of that,” Rodríguez said, adding that she was scheduled to attend a meeting later in the day to “arrange it.” The Venezuelan foreign minister continued: “They are ready.”
Harris thanked Rodríguez and noted that, “We have already identified the locations. We are basically ready.”
Last month, Harris said that the final element of his government’s housing development strategy will involve the installation of infrastructure (electricity, roads and/or water) at 69 already existing housing developments and cost approximately $70 million.