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“We learned the lessons of the difficult decision about Matosinhos.”

“We learned the lessons of the difficult decision about Matosinhos.”

Galp Energia learned some “lessons” after the decision to close the Matosinhos refinery, specifically about how it can better interact with workers to avoid a backlash, admitted Andy Brown, the company’s CEO.

“We’ve really learned some lessons. How could we have been more involved, and how could we have done that so we didn’t get the backlash that we did”In an interview with Lusa during the Lisbon Web Summit, Brown said,

On December 21, 2020, Galp announced the closure of the refinery to 1,600 workers, after it closed the last production unit on April 30, following the decision to focus operations at Sines.

Prime Minister Antonio Costa, on September 19, during the election campaign of local authorities, sharply criticized Galb over the decision to close the refinery, saying “everyone who behaves like this should learn a lesson”.

Brown emphasized that the option to close the refinery was a very difficult decision made by the previous Executive Committee, noting that the unit lost 800 million euros between 2005 and 2020.