St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (January 14, 2021) – Limetree Bay Refining, LLC (Limetree) continues to progress on the startup of the refinery. Residents may have noticed a larger than usual flame at the top of the refinery’s flare stack or may have heard a louder than usual noise from the flare during the last week. As part of the normal startup process, gases are sometimes routed to the flare system where they are safely burned. Steam is also routed to the flare to promote complete combustion of the gases and eliminate smoke. The combination of burning gases and steam can be noisy at times.

The flare activity and noise level will return to normal as soon as startup is complete, and the refinery is fully in normal operation.

The executive management of Limetree sincerely apologizes for any concern or inconvenience this flaring activity has caused to our neighbors, and we can assure you that we are working diligently to keep the noise levels as low as possible.

For more information or to report an issue, please contact the Command Center at (340) 692-3495.