The Acting Prime Minister tells parliament that he has been advised that it is not appropriate for the government to announce discoveries of hydrocarbons without consultation with the oil companies involved.
Colm Imbert made the comment this afternoon as he replied to a question from Dr Bhoe Tewarie Caroni Central Member of Parliament.
The Opposition MP wanted to know from the Energy and Energy Industries Minister whether he can confirm if there have been any new gas discoveries by BP in Trinidad and Tobago waters as reported in the media recently.
Mr Imbert said the state will not rush to make any announcement on the matter but will follow due process.
He also responded to another question relating to the fiscal regime for the energy sector which according to Dr Tewarie comes to an end this year.