Published On: Mon, Apr 29th, 2013

Refinery’s 32 million dollar project halted

Oil RefineryWILLEMSTAD – While Curacao is begging for new projects, the HDX maintenance project at the oil refinery was halted. The project had to start today but the Department of Labor does not have sufficient workforce to handle the number of permits  for legal aliens. These are specialized employees that is not available locally.

The oil refinery requested permits for 460 foreign employees to join local employees on working on the plant maintenance during the coming eight weeks. Last Friday, the plant was turned over to three companies which won the public tender for the project, but work cannot start since the permits are still “stuck” at the Department of Labor. These permits requests were turned in on time, according to the requirements but still the Department of Labor has not finished processing them.

At the refinery, the contractors are disgusted with this problem. They are even reconsidering other plant maintenance jobs for this year. The question we’ve asked is how do you recuperate a healthy economy if such a vital department is not working properly. The Government is not allowed to hire more people because of the financial instruction and limitation given by the Kingdom Council of Ministers. Experts are of the opinion that the Government can easily remediate this situation by transferring other civil employees, who are actually doing nothing, to the Department of Labor.

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