Published On: Tue, Feb 6th, 2018

Oil refinery might become inoperative

oil refineryWILLEMSTAD - The Isla refinery is currently limited in its steam deliveries from the CRU plant. That is according to the deputy director of the oil refinery Karel van Haren. Curacao Refinery Utilities is the independent supplier of utilities to the refinery. If the problem is not solved then the Isla refinery might become inoperative by next Thursday.

Since the beginning of January, only three of the six boilers are in operation. As a result, the oil refinery is limited in the number of process installations that it can keep in operation. As a result, the refinery currently runs at 60 percent of its capacity. Due to the shortage of steam, the cat cracker according to Van Haaren is therefore also not in operation.

The deputy director says that in the meantime, the government is looking for a solution.

In May 2017 a report was published on the state of the Isla refinery. The E & D report from Texas shows that there are acute dangers and the refinery is lucky that no major accidents have happened yet. Van Haaren says that it is not yet a definitive report and that the Isla has refuted its conclusions.

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