Decree-Law 165 of 2013 provides, in point K, a safety reserve for crude oil and petroleum products that must be placed on the market in situations of serious disruption of supply following the express determination of the member of the Government responsible for energy . But given the current energy crisis, why has this directive not been put into practice?
To Jornal Econômico, official source of the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition ensures that the current situation is not reviewed in this decree of law. "We're not dealing with a fuel reserve problem. We are facing a distribution problem. "
According to the same source, "the fuel is there, it is where it should be [no parque de armazenamento em Aveiras de Cima], you just can not get to the right place. " Therefore, despite the serious problem of fuel supply that the country experiences, the spokesman of the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition guarantees "that the decree-law does not apply to this case" and that it does not make sense to activate the oil reserves that are under government control.
The tutelage reinforces that Portugal is not in oil shortage, but in a distribution crisis promoted by "a private activity of 800 people who insist on not complying with the law."