Backed by the presidents and directors of the different entities attached to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Irene Vélez came out to explain the oil report that different experts and unions question because it is not reliable to make the decision not to sign new exploration contracts and production.

The minister was emphatic in ensuring that the document does not have false figures and that no mistake has been made. «This document is not a reserves report, it was never said to be.»

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Likewise, he stated that the information included is «accurate and allows public policy decisions to be made.» However, if additional information is available in the future, «surely the president will make other decisions.»

«The figures that are there (in the report) are supported by the information that the ANH has and that the companies have delivered publicly. Here we are not lying to anyone and misinforming in that way, as if we were doing it, is irresponsible to the country,” he added.

The key phrases of Minister Irene Vélez

Signatures were never forged. Erroneous data and ambiguous methodology were never presented. This document has on its second page something that in the publishing world is known as the legal page, which always starts in all public sector publications, with the protocol recognition of those who are the leaders of this portfolio.

• That does not mean that there is a forgery of signatures here. C.I believe that it is an incorrect insinuation that affects, of course, ethics with whom we have worked in this portfolio and that makes me wonder if there are other interests here mobilizing behind an insinuation as serious as this one.

• This document does not have false figures. This document is not a stock report, it was never said to be. The document is called: Balance of Available Resources and Reserves for the Just Energy Transition.

• Pretending that this document is the reserve report is a mistake, but we have not made that mistake. Here someone else is saying that this document is what it is not. The reserves report is presented annually in May of each year by the National Hydrocarbons Agency. What we are doing is an analysis document.

• The figures that are there (in the report) are supported by the information that the ANH has and that the companies have provided publicly. Here we are not lying to anyone and misinforming in that way, as if we were doing it, is irresponsible to the country.

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• It is not about personalities or messianisms, here we are a work team because the just energy transition needs that integrality.

• We have periodic steering committees where we spoke with the vice minister (Belizza Ruiz) about this document and the progress was presented. It was always public that they were preparing it and it was always public that those who led it were two people: John Londoño and Leonardo Rojas (advisers). This was never done behind anyone’s back.

• No one ever asked to be removed from the document, no one ever told us they disagreed with the document. That information that is being promoted is really misinformation.

• If someone had wanted that document removed, it could have been removed, but no one ever told us that they disagreedor, nor that he wanted us to remove his name from there. No adviser ever told me they disagreed with that report.

• The analysis that is in the document distinguishes, all the time, prospective resources, contingent resources and proven reserves. This document has been known to the president (Gustavo Petro) since early December and he knows it with exactness and technical precision that data is not combined, data is not invented and no number is being lied to.

• The information we have provided is accurate information and allows for public policy decisions. We have never said that with these results we are guaranteed from here until I don’t know where. We have said that we have contracts that could guarantee us resources, if we make the appropriate public policy decisions, until 2037.

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• Why do we want to turn our backs on the balance of the country’s gas potential? Are they asking us to make decisions to turn our backs on that gas potential, to turn our backs on the resources that the country has? This is not what this government needs or what the country needs for its energy security.

We will generate all the additional and complementary documents that are necessary to make public policy decisions. That seems to us to be the most responsible thing for the country.

• The vice minister knew that I was doing this report since October of last year and was in all the steering committees in which we discussed this report. If she had anything to say about the report, she should have done it on time.He must have done it, first of all, to whoever is the head of this portfolio, which is me, and he must have done it with an opportunity and an ability to generate creative, purposeful conditions.

• Nevertheless, it never happened that she gave an opinion againstneither about the interest in making the report nor about the methodology nor about who was responsible nor did he ask for more details.

• This was never done behind her back, this was never meant to ignore that she has a role, but if she didn’t react in time and instead decided to react to the media, it’s something I can’t control. I would have wanted it to be a different management, there should not be this type of controversies between actors from different portfolios.

• This balance of contracts It is a starting point for other portfolios to continue doing other analyzes. For example, the Treasury is going to have to carry out an analysis of the Medium-Term Fiscal Framework with respect to these reports that we are producing, the reserve report that is generated by the ANH. These documents are highly relevant for further decision-making.

• With 381 in exploration and production, they cannot afford to make the energy transition. If in a year there is other information, surely the president will make other decisions, but today the decisions we are making, based on what we have available and on the technical analyzes we have at hand, are absolutely responsible to the country and are absolutely transparent. with the country