Premier: “Strong indications that there is gas in our territorial waters”
WILLEMSTAD – During the weekly press conference of the Council of Ministers, Prime Minister Ivar Asjes emphatically stated that there are strong indications that there is gas in Curaçao’s territorial waters. Asjes said that his objective is to be very transparent in this matter and the answer he gave was an answer he owed to the people of Curaçao.
The Prime Minister explained that there is now an oil and gas company established by the government. There were rumors that the government has appointed former minister of labor, Jeanne Marie-Francisca as the director of the company. Asjes indicated that this is not true and that he does not have the authority to appoint a director without the approval of the Council of Ministers (RvM). The RvM, as the shareholder, decided to appoint a professional, who, de facto, is in the service of the utility company Aqualectra, but has been working as the director of the oil and gas company for six months now.
“I am satisfied that this director has been appointed by the RvM. She is not receiving a salary for her work at the oil and gas company. This is not even possible because no funds were allocated for this company. It doesn’t even have seed funding,” the Prime Minister explained during the press conference.
Regarding the financing of the company, the Prime Minister explained that it is either the shareholders who must make funds available for the operations or that maybe the company could get a loan from the Refineria di Korsou (Curaçao Refinery). “This is how they can start their operations. Nothing will change about the compensations for the director. She will continue to be paid by Aqualectra. Those funds will be strictly used for the public tender, just as Aruba has done to hire a company to do explorations,” said the Prime Minister.