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Old 10-04-2018, 06:53 AM
 
Location: A place that's too cold
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I just wondered what the locals' general thoughts are regarding the reopening of the refinery? Are opinions strongly divided between those who welcome the hundreds of jobs versus those with environmental or other concerns?
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Old 10-09-2018, 04:14 PM
 
Location: A place that's too cold
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Wow, 124 views and not one comment? I would think someone would have thoughts regarding the reopening of the largest employer on the island.
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:48 AM
 
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No one cares
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Old 10-15-2018, 03:10 PM
 
Location: A place that's too cold
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No one cares
Do you live on St Croix?
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:14 AM
 
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I just wondered what the locals' general thoughts are regarding the reopening of the refinery? Are opinions strongly divided between those who welcome the hundreds of jobs versus those with environmental or other concerns?
Caribbean people are practical. They want the jobs and understand that there must be a sustainable way of having a refinery.
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:15 AM
 
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Do you live on St Croix?
Not many VI people post here so I guess the answer will be not too many posters care.
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Old 10-29-2018, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I'm not from St. Croix (never even been there), and I'd bet most posters fall into my category. So perhaps a little background might be helpful. Is this the Hovensa refinery you're talking about? If so (or even if it isn't), I'd be curious to know what caused the old one to close, and why is a new one opening. Is there a danger that the same factors that led to the previous closure could doom the new one as well?
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Old 10-29-2018, 05:14 PM
 
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Do you live on St Croix?
No I lived in Red Hook marina on St Thomas for 5 yrs. I've only returned for the billfishing, since Venezuela is shutdown.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:20 AM
 
Location: A place that's too cold
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I'm not from St. Croix (never even been there), and I'd bet most posters fall into my category. So perhaps a little background might be helpful. Is this the Hovensa refinery you're talking about? If so (or even if it isn't), I'd be curious to know what caused the old one to close, and why is a new one opening. Is there a danger that the same factors that led to the previous closure could doom the new one as well?
I'm very late in responding to your questions (we have been in limbo about moving to St Croix for several months. Now it is official).

Yes, it is the (former) Hovensa refinery (now called Limetree Bay). My understanding is that a big factor in the closing back in 2012 had to do with a contract with Venezuela for crude oil. When crude prices worldwide dropped substantially, but Hovensa was locked into a long-term contract at a higher crude price, the refinery lost so much money that they had to close.

Several years of not operating, plus a couple big hurricanes, left the refinery in a mess. But ArcLite Capital purchased it last July, BP has joined the project, and it is now being brought back to life and set to be up and running by the end of this year.

We are moving there next week for my husband to work on the project. I am hoping the locals are excited at all the jobs being created and tax revenues that will pour into the economy.
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Old 01-19-2019, 11:16 AM
 
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Honestly, the VI continues to recover from Hurricane Irma and Maria and we are currently in transition, as we have a new Governor. We hope it does well for the territory. It just hasnít been the biggest topic since election just passed.
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