The owners of the Hovensa refinery on St. Croix have requested an additional two weeks for discussions on aspects of the sales process established by the Fourth Amendment Agreement, Gov. John deJongh Jr. announced Friday in a statement from Government House.
DeJongh said "the parties have agreed to extend the sales process period until Aug. 30." The parties would include both the refinery owners – Hovensa LLC, Hess Oil Virgin Islands Corp., and the Venezuelan group, PDVSA V.I. – and the government.
The Fourth Amendment is an agreement between the government and Hovensa, approved after much bitter debate and signed by the governor Nov. 7, that established a sales process for the closed Hovensa refinery. Under the terms of the agreement, it was to expire Aug. 15, but Hovensa and its owners have asked for and received the two-week extension.
The governor’s two-sentence statement did not say what circumstances caused Hovensa to seek an extension of the agreement, but the news will add fuel to the rumors in both the V.I. community and the "Hovensa diaspora," former Hovensa workers now on the mainland, that a sale of the shuttered facility is in the offing.