Subject: LUSA: Dili wants Portugal's Galp to invest in energy sector

East Timor: Dili wants Portugal's Galp to invest in energy sector

Dili, Jan. 20 (Lusa) - The East Timorese government is eager for Portugal's oil and gas company Galp Energia to participate in its promising energy sector, a senior Dili official said Thursday.

"The government would like to see Galp operating in East Timor", an aide to Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri told Lusa, adding that the creation of a domestic fuel distribution network and the training of Timorese personnel could be areas of "common interest".

The official's comments coincided with the end of a visit to East Timor by two senior Galp Energia officers.

Carlos Bayan Ferreira, the head of the company's international relations department, told Lusa the visit, which included meetings with Alkatiri and President Xanana Gusmão, had "exceeded" Galp's expectations.

"We were able to make a very interesting assessment of the government's intentions and the opportunities that are arising", said Bayan Ferreira, who was accompanied by the head of Galp's exploration and development department, Carlos Alves.

Galp, he added, was looking at the possibility of investing in several areas, including domestic fuel warehousing and distribution, and in oil and gas exploration.

The trip to Dili by the Galp team was organized last November during a visit to Lisbon by Timorese Foreign Minister José Ramos Horta.



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