The Energy Ministry has issued a statement in response to a media report in which OWTU President General Ancel Roget alleged that the People's Partnership government gave out various acreages to private interests.
They include Moruga West, Inniss/Trinity, Catshill, Balata East and Oropuche.
The ministry said all the fields named by Roget were "put out before the current government assumed office". It added, "The Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs has been able to confirm through Petrotrin that the fields...were put out by way of joint venture, farmout or incremental production service contract (IPSC) arrangement during the period of the former PNM Government.
"This allegation is therefore false and can potentially mislead and misinform the population."