Published On: Thu, Feb 11th, 2016

Redevelopment oil refinery remains plan B

Ben_WhitemanWILLEMSTAD – The investigation into the redevelopment of the oil refinery area, in the scenario of the closure, has not been dismissed. The subcommittee that deals with an alternative future of the Schottegat area is still part of the Multi-Disciplinary Project Team (MDPT) and continues to do its job.

There were some confusions about the future of the refinery following statements made by the Prime Minister during a radio interview.

The Prime Minister seemed to suggest that the government will only continue with the trajectory to modernize the refinery, whereby plan B, which is the redevelopment of the area, will be dismissed.

Now it appears that the subcommittee, which is in charge of the investigation into the redevelopment of the refinery area is still active and has not ceased its activities.

As Prime Minister Whiteman said in previous meetings with the press, the government seems to have decided to keep the refinery open and to modernize it, which should, according to him, lead to a considerable reduction in emissions of 80 percent.

The MDPT, including the subcommittee, which are exploring the possibilities of redevelopment, have not been lifted by National Decree, making the redevelopment of the Schottegat area a viable option.

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