Published On: Fri, Feb 5th, 2016

Premier: “Contract not renewed automatically, but oil refinery will remain open”

WhitemanWILLEMSTAD – During an urgent press conference, the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Dr. Bernhard Whiteman said that the government has decided not to silently renew the lease contract with the Venezuelan State Oil Company PDVSA, which expires in 2019, under the same conditions for the next ten years.

This would happen under the current contract if one party does not indicate, in writing, that it will no longer continue under those conditions. This has to take place two years before the end of the current contract. This was also indicated to the leader of the PAIS party, Alex Rosaria MP in a letter from the Minister in charge of the oil refinery, Siegfried Victorina. The Minister also indicated that this does not mean that the contract with PDVSA will not be renewed. During the press conference, the Prime Minister emphasized that “The Isla will remain open and will be modernized!”

The press conference was called because of an article that appeared in the media, which originated from the morning newspaper Antilliaans Dagblad and which was also published on this website. The source for the article was the answer from Minister Victorina to Alex Rosaria MP on the oil refinery issue. During the press conference, the Prime Minister made it clear that there is no reason to panic, the oil refinery will remain open and operated by the Venezuelan State Oil Company.

According to Whiteman, it seems that there are forces with a hidden agenda, who want to close the oil refinery. “We are in a sandwich, they exert pressure from above and now also from the bottom up.” He further stated: “The wrong information comes not only from the media but sometimes employees of the oil refinery themselves that have their own agenda.”

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