Strategic option B An important element of strategic option B is the effort to dismantle and clean the ISLA area. This will generate temporary employment for contractors. The total duration foreseen is a 5 to 10 years period. Dismantling and cleaning of the ISLA site will generate employment for contractors. It will enable the majority of the technical workers employed at ISLA during its operation, to find a job that fits well with their education/profession. This is due to the assumption that the refinery at the ISLA site will be closed in 2019 and no new refinery will be built at Bullenbaai resulting in a decrease of direct and indirect employment of about 2,000 people in total. In case a new refinery is established at Bullenbaai, dismantling and cleaning activities create additional jobs. The cleaned area will be redeveloped with support of property developers and the government of Curaçao which has to change zoning plans depending on the chosen new activities. The investments in new economic activities on the clean ISLA site will result in temporary jobs and income for the population of Curaçao. When the new activities are in operation, additional employment and income will be generated. It is expected that a mix of all, or in any case several, of the following activities is the best option:
Tourism: hotels, marinas, mega-yachts facilities etc.; Harbour related industrial activities: transhipment, storage etc.; Non-harbour related industrial activities; Residential area; Green area.
A sustainable future for Curaçao