Published On: Thu, May 19th, 2016

Curoil: “Unions blocking entrance at oil refinery will have consequences for fuel distribution”

RefineryWILLEMSTAD – As was announced yesterday, the unions PWFC and APRI representing employees of the Isla Refinery have called their members to meet at the main entrance of the oil refinery.

Due to these actions, the Curaçao Oil Distribution Company Curoil has been unable to perform its responsibilities. The trucks that initially were able to leave the refinery premises were not able to return for more products and continue with the distribution.

If the situation continues, Curoil will not be able to supply its clients with the necessary products such as gasoline, fuel or kerosene. This means that gas stations will not receive the quantity of fuel they’ve requested. Also the delivery of propane gas to residents and businesses in Curaçao and Bonaire will be hindered.


Curoil has enough fuel reserve for all gas stations, propane for domestic and commercial use, jet fuel and bunkering for both Curaçao and Bonaire.

For local distribution, while all tanks are on the oil refinery premises, Curoil depends on third parties to be able to access these reserves. These actions make it difficult for Curoil to have access to these tanks in a responsible manner to ensure the safety of its personnel.

Curoil laments the fact that it cannot comply with its responsibilities in a timely manner, according to the company in their press release. They also stated that they will do their utmost to comply with the delivery of the products hoping that the parties can come to an agreement soon.

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