Representatives of the Algarve Free Petroleum Platform (PALP) met yesterday with the Secretary of State for Energy, João Galamba, questioning the existence of the letter confirming the resignation of the oil companies ENI and Galp in relation to the contracts for the "Aljezur hole". Galamba confirmed the existence of the same, reason why the PALP requested immediate access to the document.
"And you will have no choice but to file a complaint with the Commission for Access to Administrative Documents (CADA) if the document is not published. Already previously, and soon after the publication of the news about the withdrawal, PALP has followed a request to the Directorate General for Energy and Geology (DGEG) that has not yet been met, "the organization said in a statement.
Asked about the intention of the guardianship regarding a revocation or to make fundamental changes to Decree-Law no. 109/94 – which is the basis of the constitution of the contracts in force -, the Secretary of State for Energy confirmed that this is in the Government's plans.
"PALP can not fail to express its frustration at the lack of political will to repeal a decree that intends to 'give new impetus to oil prospecting and research, and consequently development and production', and to provide 'conditions for access simplifying administrative procedures and laying down clear rules for their exercise in a way which is adjusted to the reality and practice of industry '. The PALP regrets the inertia of a government that has publicly announced that it has concrete targets to achieve carbon neutrality and has issued a moratorium on issuing new oil exploration licenses, "the organization said.