ORANJESTAD – ConocoPhillips successfully seized two supposedly PDVSA oil shipments in Aruba Monday night, Aruba energy minister Evelyn Wever confirmed to NoticiaCla Tuesday morning. This comes one day after Wever told the Aruba press that Aruba got lucky, as the initial seizure intent by ConocoPhillips over the weekend was unsuccessful. She however also claimed that ConocoPhillips and others would continue trying and that with those we might not be as lucky then. CITGO Aruba meanwhile, is contesting the seizure in an Arubano court this morning, claiming the oil is not PDVSA but CITGO property.
ORANJESTAD – American company ConocoPhillips was unsuccessful in seizing part of the CITGO Aruba property through the gasoline distribution operation FMSA. Aruba Energy minister Evelyn Wever roes confirmed this for NoticiaCla Friday. “ They’ve tried seizing CITGO assets in other countries (too) arguing that these were also PDVSA assets but did not succeed” Wever continued.
ORANJESTAD - Even though Aruba is experiencing a complete power outage (black-out), the airport remains open and operational. This, according to airport spokesperson Hendrik Croes. The emergency back-up system is providing the necessary power for the primary services. “ All departing passengers have to be at the airport 3 hours prior their flight (normal procedure). Passengers can expect some lines, but as soon as the power issue is solved all processes will continue without any inconveniences”.
ORANJESTAD – It was still unknown to utilities compania director Luis Oduber (WEB) what caused the total island blackout this morning in Aruba. The problem occurred at 9:37am, the director continued. Oduber only said that it was a malfunction in the central unit. It would be hours before the entire island was ‘reconnected’ with power. Around 11:50am however, several locations already started reporting that ‘electricity was back’.
SAN NICOLAS – “"No attachment or seizure has occurred of any assets of CITGO Petroleum Corporation or CITGO Aruba Refinery.” This was the response from an official of the Aruba refinery Wednesday to NoticiaCla on the ConocoPhillips take over of varios PDVSA related properties this week. With this short statement, CITGO assured that it was not affected in any way by the ConocoPhillips actions. It was rumored over the weekend that Aruba’s CITGO facility was also affected, like Curacao and Bonaire. News agency Reuters cited sources informing that Aruba would also be affected. Curacao and Bonaire meanwhile were indeed affected and confirmed by the respective island governments. ConocoPhillips over the weekend took action as part of a way to secure 33 billion dollars in payment from Venezuelan oil company PDVSA, by confiscating either the property or/and operations, having the respective islands scramble to secure both supply of gas and electricity to the community.
DEN HAAG – Two Dutch lawmakers questioned the Dutch approval of newly appointed Venezuelan Consul General for Aruba Carlos Figueroa. In a 5 question note to Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok, PVV’s Raymond de Roon and Machiel de Graaf asked specific questions in this matter, as a Dutch Newspaper article referred to the Venezuelan diplomat as a known drug baron. Amongst questions asked, the lawmakers ask the minister if he is willing to ‘quickly revoke’ the approval of the appointment. The Dutch minister is expected to answer the letter within the next 2 weeks.