Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2013

Unions: ‘Closing of refinery would be major disaster for Curacao’

Oil RefineryWILLEMSTAD – The MoU, which is so important in indicating the future relation between the Venezuelan oil company PDVSA and Curacao, is being tossed back and forth between Venezuela and Curacao. It seems that at the end there is an agreement on what is on the note, but the final point is not there yet. The information on the MoU, received by the Unions, is very confusing, according to Cornelis Bouis, President of one of the Unions representing the refinery employees.

“The  MoU with Venezuela has to be signed as soon as possible seeing that 2019 is approaching. Governments have said so much, some of them have even brought a few of the top management of the Venezuelan company, but they have not achieved anything else. Where is the MoU now, there is no clarity on who has it,” according to the Union president.

The Unions agree that the Government and Parliament should focus more on this issue. For this reason, the Unions are asking the members of Parliament to take a decision this Thursday during the public meeting of Parliament so that the stake holders can begin with their work. According to the plan of action, there was suppose to be a MoU signed between Venezuela (PDVSA) and Curacao before 2012, but it is not certain if this was already done. The Government should have started the process of finding a third party which, together with PDVSA and Curacao, will investing to upgrade the refinery.

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