Published On: Tue, Jan 7th, 2014

PDVSA’s deadline expired

pdvsaWILLEMSTAD - The deadline of December 31, 2013 for the government to get information about the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA’s future plans for the refinery has silently passed. This is according to union leader Cornelius Bouis.

“We are now waiting to see what will happen. From the beginning we thought the deadline of December 31 was not a good one. It was much too short. In December there were important elections held in Venezuela and you also had the holidays.”

Representatives of the union Petroleum Workers Federation Curacao traveled to Venezuela last year to lobby about the future of the refinery.

The delegation had a meeting with the parliamentary committee on energy and wants to invite members of this committee to come take a look at the refinery here in Curacao.

Premier Ivar Asjes was part of a official visit to Venezuela with the Dutch Royal Couple. During that visit, the Dutch delegation spoke with the Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro about the oil refinery in Curacao.

“It may be that an opening was created during that visit, so it is not necessary to hold on to a fixed deadline,” Bouis noted.

The Curacao Parliament agreed on the formation of two multidisciplinary teams that should consider both the modernization of the refinery and an alternative plan in case the refinery is closed.

“Those teams were not as originally installed in late September as was planned, but until the end of November. The teams must start working now with an eye on the closure of the refinery in 2019, time is running out.”

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