No doom

Inniss says business on the rebound in Fontabelle

Minister of International Business, Industry, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss is predicting that the once bustling Fontabelle, St Michael area will return to its former glory, following the opening of Rubis’ 17th service station here.   

The new facility, which is being operated by Warners Turnstone Trading, officially opened today at Fontabelle, after a joint investment of just over $1 million a year ago.

Addressing the official opening ceremony this morning, Inniss said the service station, coupled with the recent opening of the Honda car dealership next door, had positioned Fontabelle to attract even more investment and commerce.

Minister of industry Donville Inniss (right) and CEO of Rubis West Indies Ltd Mauricio Nicholls cut the ribbon to formally opened the new service station.

“The investment that has been made here at this service station must not just be seen as an investment in a service station, but the faith that

continue to have in our economy.

“Fontabelle is beginning to be rebuilt and get some new energy to it . . . A few months ago we were able to open the new Honda dealership here and I think that has really spurred some renewed interest in this part of the outskirts of Bridgetown, and I expect it will grow from strength to strength,” Inniss said, while pledging that Government would continue to provide an enabling environment for the establishment of businesses there.

The minister said the recent investment was a show of confidence by the private sector in the local economy “at a time when some individuals are preaching doom and gloom in the society”.

Inniss said while Government continued to push for a renewable energy society, the country continued to be heavily reliant on fossil fuel, having spent $260.5 million on the importation of 1.2 million barrels of heavy fuel oil; 759,000 barrels of gasoline and 495,000 barrels of ultra low diesel fuel last year.

In 2015 Government spent $452.4 million on fuel imports,  $193 million less that the $645.4 million spent in 2014, a reduction Inniss attributed to lower prices on the global market.

He warned that as the country continued to push for greater use of renewable energy, companies such as Rubis would have to adapt.

“It doesn’t mean that the investors in the Rubis gas station here will go out of business. It means that over time you will continue to reengineer your enterprise that you are able to provide [fuel] from renewable energy sources for the renewable energy vehicles for example, and provide other services,” Inniss advised.

Highlighting some of the company’s investment in the island since it acquired the Texaco assets owned and operated by Chevron six years ago, Chief Executive Officer of Rubis West Indies Ltd Mauricio Nicholls spoke of a “quite eventful” last year, with a number of refurbishment projects.

Minister of Industry Donville Inniss (right) ‘fills up’ one Rubis customer as CEO of Rubis West Indies Ltd Mauricio Nicholls (left) and Director of Warners Turnstone Trading Anton Norris (centre) look on.

He announced that Rubis was expected to move to its new regional headquarters in Welches by June, and pointed to several upgraded and newly built service stations across the island.

Nicholls said the Fontabelle service station, which began operating two weeks ago, was already witnessing “strong sales”.

“So I am really sure it will exceed our expectations and projections we have made,” he predicted.

8 Responses to No doom

  1. Jennifer April 5, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    That Rubis owner should keep Donville Inniss pumping his gas permanently. He looks good doing it and he is looking at whoever like a true co……………. Just another day at the races and see saw park.

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  2. Maggie Brito April 6, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Why invest so much money in a form of energy which is becoming obsolete? And how is the opening of this gas station an indication that businesses in Fontanelle would grow? I don’t get the connection.

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  3. seagul April 6, 2017 at 7:03 am

    When I’m drivin’ in my car
    And that man Donville comes on the radio
    He’s tellin’ me more and more
    About some useless information
    Supposed to fire my imagination
    And we can’t get no, satisfaction
    Hey hey hey, that’s what I say

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  4. hcalndre April 6, 2017 at 10:21 am

    This Done-ville should have spoken about the wages that the gas attendants are paid instead he spoke of renewable energy and that in would not be no problem for the gas stations, now he wants people to pay more for natural gas, good bye minister, see you at the pools.

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  5. Tedd April 6, 2017 at 11:03 am

    It is clear that renewable fuels and solar will replace fossil fuels. But rubis realises that even though the days of gasoline powered vehicles are numbered, it is a large number as technology has to develop to the stage that solar and renewable energy becomes cheaper than fossil.

    Gasoline and diesel have quite a few years before becoming obsolete. Possibly not even in my lifetime.

    That is why the investment was made.

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  6. Ossie Moore April 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Good News!! But Honorable Minister In that location of the city, naming Fontabelle we had a remarkable Icon and that was located at the entrance of Kensington Oval and that was the Dorley’s Macaw. The intoxicated when passing on their way from a Saturday afternoon of cricket would curse it if their team lost or if they were victioious would just pass and say ; “Ah boy my side got it” as if that macaw could talk! To Rubis! May business be bright!

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  7. hcalndre April 6, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Sanka Price was the host on Brass Tax today and he agrees with the minister on the increase of natural gas and he thinks that water rates should also be increase and what take the cake is when he said that politicians should be paid more. They are people in barbados that have worked every day for almost 60 years and can`t even repair their homes after they`re retired, these politicians do 8 years or 2 terms and become wealthy millionaires, this is the first time I can remember hearing him but he sure is not one the poor people of barbados and I would want hear anymore.

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    • Milli Watt April 6, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      wanted to know why sanka price was lurking around the studios and I got my answer. time short and he wasted no time inlocating where he is in this mess sstttuuuppssee if David Ellis don’t have anybody to moderate the program I suggest NINJA MAN he is currently gainfully unemployed, suffering like the rest of us and did not have a million dollars to invest in a venture that uses foreign exchange.

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