Published On: Sat, Sep 13th, 2014

Venezuela state oil company PdVSA willing to extend its presence in Curacao

oil refineryWILLEMSTAD – The government of Venezuela and the state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PdVSA) are willing to extend the contract for the operations of the oil refinery (Isla) in Curaçao. This emerged during a meeting between representatives of the unions Apri and PWFC and the new Venezuelan Minister of Energy and Mines Asdrubal Chávez, which was held this week. According to Chávez, Curaçao and Venezuela have had a relationship for 29 years with respect to the Isla refinery on the island.

A delegation of the Isla unions Apri and PWFC recently visited Venezuela. The unions met with representatives of PdVSA and the new Minister of Energy and Mines of Venezuela. The new minister is an old friend of Curaçao. He’s the former vice president of the Venezuelan state oil company PdVSA and the brother of the late Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez.

In the conversation with Chávez, several topics were discussed, including the appointment of the new director of the Isla Refinery, Luis Rivas, who until recently was director of Petrocaribe, the program in which Venezuela makes fuel products available at lower prices to countries in the region. Furthermore, they also discussed the talks between Curacao and Venezuela regarding the future of the refinery. Chavez said that he’s convinced that the parties will come to an agreement that will be beneficial for both Venezuela and Curacao.

The Apri delegation was in Venezuela from September 5 to 12 and consisted of its president Cornelio Bouis and board member Ingemar Pontelira. Angelo Meyer and board member Dennis Daal represented PWFC. Both delegations were assisted by consultant Errol Cova.

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