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    Oil Drill Rig?

    Does anyone know about the oil drill rig parked out interfering with the sunset views? All we were able to learn (don't know if this is accurate) was it was an oil company from Venisuala, and they are parked just out in International waters and although Aruba has complained there is nothing they can do. We watched a few barges come and go from it while we were there.
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    you heard about right
    i have been told that there is still some activity at the valero refinery and there is some storage/processing going on there.

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    Here is an interesting article:

    Published On: Tue, Jan 27th, 2015
    Exclusive interview with Dr. John Wright: Is there oil and gas in Curaçao?

    Excerpt:

    Why does Aruba seem so much more advanced in its program of petroleum exploration?
    “Essentially this is because a greater part of Aruban territorial waters are shallow to moderate (<1000m) depths (about 30%). This attracted companies in the mid 1980’s when the National Oil Company of Aruba granted three separate exploration concessions or blocks (each between 600-800km2) to Hamilton Oil, Maraven and Occidental Oil. This first exploration campaign culminated with the drilling of one deep well in shallow water on each block in 1989/90, these wells drilled to depths of 3-4km but were all dry. The three companies completed their work and left Aruba. With increasing oil prices, improved technology for exploring the deeper ocean and the discovery of the giant La Perla gas field by Repsol in 2009, some 80km to the south in the Gulf of Venezuela, the Government of Aruba decided to renew its interest in petroleum exploration. In December 2012, it signed a contract with Repsol giving them sole exploration rights to an area of about 14,000km2, effectively Aruba’s total area of commercial hydrocarbon exploration interest as a single block.”

    http://curacaochronicle.com/fs/exclu...as-in-curacao/

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    We were told the rig was drilling for oil/gas on behalf of Aruba. Obviously it was from another country. Curtis, bartender at the Sandpiper bar at the Divi was who told us. Said they have been unsuccessful so far but they were still hopeful. Part of Arubas bid for energy independence. Goodluck to them!!!

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    What happened to 100% renewable fuel service by 2020???????????????????????????????????????

    AND in case, like me you were not sure what "renewable" fuels are


    "In its various forms, it derives directly from the sun, or from heat generated deep within the earth. Included in the definition is electricity and heat generated from solar, wind, ocean, hydropower, biomass, geothermal resources, and biofuels and hydrogen derived from renewable resources."

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    It is amazing the amount of mis-information here. Those rigs are not drilling, they are ready stacked which basically means they are moored off the coast of Aruba with a skeleton crew waiting to be commissioned elsewhere. This site shows the two rigs: http://www.pacificdrilling.com/Operations/default.aspx

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    Hi 95yj! Thanks for the link and welcome to the Aruba.com Community Forum.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    That's pretty good information for a first post.... welcome to the forum !

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    thank you for so kindly providing the information
    this thread is over a year old
    welcome to the aruba.com commmunity forum

    Quote Originally Posted by 95yj View Post
    It is amazing the amount of mis-information here. Those rigs are not drilling, they are ready stacked which basically means they are moored off the coast of Aruba with a skeleton crew waiting to be commissioned elsewhere. This site shows the two rigs: http://www.pacificdrilling.com/Operations/default.aspx

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    Welcome to the forum! Must be some patient folks on board those rigs, they've been sitting off the coast for quite some time now. Not sure what "mis-information" you're referring to unless it was the statement made by the bartender? Thanks for the link, very informative...

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