Refining in paradiseYour article, "Refining in paradise," reminded me of my years in Aruba at the Lago refinery. Indeed it is located on a very beautiful island, and an assignment there was considered by many of us in Exxon as the best outside the US (OGJ, Oct. 4, 2004 p. 15).Lago Oil & Transport was established in Aruba in 1924 as a part of Standard Oil of Venezuela, as a location for transshipment of crude from shallow Lake Maracaibo to ocean-going tankers at a deep water port. In 1929, the Lago refinery came on-stream, and in 1932 the affiliation was changed to Standard Oil of New Jersey. It was a major supplier of petroleum products during World War II and even had two of its tankers ...

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