Aruba News September 2017
New Algae Pilot Plant
The government officially opened a pilot plant near the refinery to cultivate algae on the island. The project is a sustainable one, also innovative and commercially good for Aruba, because the algae market is a 100 billion dollar market, which can potentially grow our economy.
According to the strategic adviser of the pilot plant, the project is still in its first phase. This means that they are currently investigating which type of algae is the best to cultivate in Aruba. Most likely they will be growing a micro algae called spirulina arubensis.This type of algae is not easily visible to the eye and can easily be grown during the whole year in Aruba using carbon dioxide.
The next step of the project is to optimize the cultivation process, to maximize the amount of algae that can be produced within a specific period. The first batch of algae will be sold and used by local businesses that are interested. After they scale up the production of algae, they will start exporting the end product internationally.
Watch Out For Fake 100 Guilder Bills
The central bank of Aruba made a public service announcement to warn the public that there are fake 100 guilder bills in circulation on the island. It’s important that locals as well as visitors take notice of these fake bills, and know the difference to spot them right away.
According to management of central bank of Aruba, the fake 100 guilder bills are easy to spot, if you know what to look for. The main difference between a real and fake 100 guilder bill is the quality of paper used to make these counterfeit bills and the green which is not identical.
You can also spot a fake 100 guilder bill by checking out the serial number, if the serial numbers are 0822322538 and 0836336552 they’re fake. False 100 guilder bills don’t have a watermark, and the logo from central bank Aruba isn’t visible.
When you hold a real 100 guilder bill against the light you notice a divi divi tree or watapana tree, however the fake bills have these trees directly printed on the paper bill.
If you get caught counterfeiting money in Aruba, you can get a prison sentence of up to 9 years.
Gas Price on the Rise
The price of gasoline and diesel increased again on September 13, 2017. Gasoline is now 5,4 cents more expensive – 183 cents per liter ($1.00 is valued at 1,75 Aruban Florins – 175 cents). Diesel will now cost you 147.6 cents per liter – an increase of 6 cents.
If you’re renting a car, take note of these changes for the price for petrol into consideration for gas money budget.
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New Office For Refinery Of Aruba
Refinery of Aruba makes some major moves by establishing their own office in San Nicolas, close to the refinery. It’s the first time in over 75 years that the government and local people own the refinery.
The name of the company is RDA (refenaderia di Aruba) and the government is leasing the refinery to citgo to boost our economy. There’s different departments in the RDA office, such as fuel marketing and supply Aruba, Aruba Safety Council, department of labor and government.
The new office gives locals who want to work in the refinery to easily apply for jobs. There’s already over 500 people working in the refinery at the moment.
During the last couple of weeks 39 more locals have been hired for different positions like unit supervisors, area maintenance supervisor, shift supervisor, administration, and other technical functions.
At the moment engineers are busy with inspection of the all the machinery in the refinery, before they partially startup the refinery.
Aruba News Courtesy of Angelo www.vacationsbyaruba.com