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    David García Niño: "Gastalsa does have financial capacity".


    June 20, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      On Tuesday, June 21, the appeal hearing of the natural gas massification concession in Piura will be held. On that day it will be known if the judges confirm the sentence in favor of Gastalsa or if they give reason to Gasnorp. On this issue, the general manager of Gastalsa, David García Niño, responds to the questions that were asked.

      So far, the judicial process is being favorable for Gastalsa....

      I am confident that the sentence will be confirmed in our favor. The appeals made by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Gasnorp, Osinergmin and Enel will be heard. The arguments they have presented are already res judicata, since the Court has confirmed the actions of Judge José Villegas Carrasco. Therefore, these arguments fall under their own weight.

      The accumulation of claims is being questioned in the process...

      The accumulation of claims was done in accordance with the law because, seeing that the Piura gas concession had been delivered while the part of the Pariñas district was in court, it is possible to request an extension in the petition for the judge to pronounce.

      Gasnorp also complained to the OCMA about the judge's decision?

      The complaint was in relation to the Tejano company, for having integrated it as a necessary litisconsortium. It was a contract that we had had for more than 12 years with Tejano and Gasnorp said that it did not have the right. They had to enforce their right judicially, but after eleven and a half years that had prescribed, but the judge decided to integrate it. We also disagreed because the judge should not have done it.

      How many complaints did Gasnorp file?

      There were two. One was for the accumulation of claims and the other was because the judge included Tejano. The OCMA determined that the judge acted correctly in the accumulation of claims, but not in the integration of Tejano. For this last point, the OCMA recommends the dismissal of the judge.

      Who is responsible for all this problem?

      The Ministry of Energy and Mines because it should never have delivered a judicialized concession because it is illegal. The processes that are carried out in the Judicial Power must be respected because otherwise a legal disorder would be created.

      Regarding the concession that the Ministry of Energy and Mines granted to Gasnorp, do you consider that the number of home connections required from this company is too few?

      There are 64 thousand connections required by the State in eight years. This cannot be allowed because the only thing that interests this company is the cake that corresponds to Pariñas, the refinery, the industrial part and they do not demand that all the inhabitants be supplied with gas. They are going to make money first and the poor should wait up to fifteen years.

      What is your work plan in case the sentence in favor of Gastalsa is confirmed?

      In the shortest possible time, as Dr. Mariano Rey, who is from the Corporación Uno Group, a pioneer in Colombia, has said, between 90 and 120 days all of Talara will be massified. If Gasnorp is not given the industrial part, it will not be interested in Piura. If that happens, we are not willing to leave Piura abandoned. We will not leave any sector of Piura without gas.

      Enel has come out to say that you do not have the financial backing to carry out the works...

      Behind our project there were 20 consortiums interested in investing. We have the Corporación Group of Colombia, which is the best, has business decency and human sense to reach the great majority. We have a lot of financial capacity. They, who are the best in Latin America, have already spoken out, they support us, we are partners.

      Enel itself assures that if they hand over the gas pipelines to Gastalsa, the thermal plant will go bankrupt due to the increase in costs?

      Manager Novoa has already issued a statement indicating that Gastalsa officials do not want to expropriate anything. We are respectful of private property and the pipelines that are for our own use do not belong to us, only the pipelines that, according to the law, Osinergmin determines that are those that will be developed by the concession that we have in Talara. Furthermore, that industrial pipeline that goes to the refinery, Enel has already sold it to Gasnorp. In the sale contract, it states that it is not responsible if Gastalsa is successful in the judicial process.

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