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Galp - drilling to start this autumn off the Alentejo coast

oilrigThe first deep water oil well to be sunk off the Alentejo coast will be started this autumn or early in 2016, according to the Chief Executive of Galp.

The cost of the drilling is expected to be in excess of €90 million with the probability of success of 20%.

CEO Ferreira de Oliveira stressed that Galp has a contract with the Portuguese state that states that the drilling must take place between 2015 and 2016, or the rights will lapse.

The analysis of the seismic data is well advanced but the long term nature of the project means that oil or gas is not expected to be extracted for at least 15 years, explained the energy company boss.

Galp has 30% of the consortium led by Italian oil company ENI which bought its 70% stake from Petrogal, owned by Galp, along with the rights to explore three blocs off the Alentejo coast.

The original permits were awarded to Petrogal in 2007 but expired in October 2014. The Portuguese government gave the new partnership an extra year on the old contract taking it to October 2015.

Galp claimed already to have spent around €70 million in seismic analyses and sea bed studies in the Alentejo basin.

In the Algarve, Repsol and Partex are continuing to explore along the southern coastline. For both the Alentejo and Algarve offshore blocs the government decided that there was no need for environmental impact assessments as the oil exploration activity is too far offshore to come under land-based laws.

Portugal’s Partex, a fully owned subsidiary of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation will be drilling its first well off the Algarve coastline in 2015 despite the decline in the international price of oil. As in the Alentejo deal, the state will receive 9% of profits should oil or gas be extracted and should there be any profits.

The exploration areas lie between Quarteira and Vila Real Santo António south of the Ria Formosa protected area and gas flares on the rigs will be clearly visible from the shoreline.

The environmental aspects of potential oil and gas exploration and extraction are being handled by the oil companies themselves which has worried local eco-groups and the public but not enough to mount any well supported objections or protests.

Lagos based eco-campaign organisation ASMAA has set up an online petition with 6,397 signatories so far but compared to the spirited defence of the Canary Islands by the Spanish and a team of Greenpeace activists when threatened by Repsol, the Algarve and Alentejo populations either are not bothered or imagine that the drilling and extraction of hydrocarbons is a risk-free excercise where nothing could possibly go wrong.

If the Algarve and Alentejo thinks that it will benefit from oil-filled revenues these regions need to look at the deal where the oil companies have only to pay around 9% of profits to the state - profit, not turnover.

Any self-respecting multinational can shift profits to regimes of least tax impact and declare year after year of losses off Portugal's coastline.

The contracts were signed by a sucessive ministers in a political period where handing out exploration licenses for both onshore and offshore projects was seen as a way to save the state from doing any cost cutting, proving yet again the old adage that civil servants and politicians should be let nowhere near commercial contracts.

http://www.asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/oil-and-gas-in-the-algarve/what-can-you-do

The ASMAA stance and petition is at this link:

https://www.change.org/p/say-no-to-oil-rigs-in-the-algarve-diz-não-às-plataformas-de-petróleo-no-algarve?tk=WEfbMgPcrDQL8Z7ERzxwRBfwiTSHm41YuL_Sy-QQ1T0&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email

 

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-6 #8 Benny 2015-03-13 17:59
Quoting Pedro G:
Canary islands and the Algarve/Alentejo coasts have no other industry but tourism. The Spanish had a fierce successful campaign to protect their environment - the Algarve and Alentejo people by doing nothing are holding the door open for huge oil companies to explore and drill in sensitive areas. Why is there no environment impact assessment? Why is ASMAA the only organisation saying anything when Canaries got Greenpeace help?The government again has bullied its way through and refuses to listed to legitimate concerns, ducking debate, leaving meetings early to avoid questions from the public. etc etc Shameful


If the past is anything to go by, I think it's an even money bet , that some off the Present Ministers will when they leave office ,end up as "Consultants" for the various companies involved in this project.
And if they do ,nothing can or will be done about it!
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-24 #7 Oil for Portugal 2015-03-11 23:32
great news - good luck Portugal hope you find oil and become a wealthy nation again :-)
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-2 #6 Yavor 2015-03-11 19:14
Que vergonha... Temos que abraçar as energias renováveis e não continuar agarrados às energias fósseis. É uma loucura... Tanto dinheiro que a vai ser, e está a ser, gasto nestas prospecções poderia ser investido em parques solares e eólicos.
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-1 #5 ASMAA 2015-03-11 15:37
[quote name="Pedro G"]Canary islands ... the difference is that all the municipality mayors, political parties, local NGOs and manycivic organisations stood together in support of their fight.

In Portugal? No politician is prepared to lead this discussion and debate anywhere (exception being Mendes Bota and even he has given up)

The locals? Too scared of political repercussions ...
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-4 #4 ASMAA 2015-03-11 15:33
Quoting Manuel Trindade:
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Já o assinalei e ofereci-me para traduzir, sem retorno...


Manuel ... obrigada pela oferta, mas na minha recoleccao todos que tinhao oferecido para fazer traducoes nunca as fizeram, e nos nunca as recebemos. Convido-o a traduzir as informacoes que nos publicamos em ingles - como ja tinhamos dito antes. Mas ate agora, NADA foi recebido de traducoes com exceccao daquelas que ja estao publicadas no nosso site.

E se a maioria da imprensa portuguesa nada diz sobre esta situacao (com excessao de um ou dois) ... e e so a imprensa inglesa que continua a divulgar, a pergunta que devia de ter feito e o que e que o resto das ONG's portuguesas e a imprensa portuguesa estao a fazer?

E nao e uma questao de traducao ou nao traducao a falta de participacao da populacao no Algarve. Na nossa opiniao a razao tem a ver com o facto a maioria ficar a espera que os outros continuem a lutar enquanto o resto esta na esplanada.

A equipa da ASMAA
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+1 #3 Peter Booker, Tavira 2015-03-11 13:16
Yes, Pedro G, to you and me it would be shameful. But as Prime Minister Passos Coelho has amply demonstrated over his non-payment of personal tax, he has no shame, and I expect that his ministers also have none.
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-6 #2 Manuel Trindade 2015-03-11 12:48
Que este texto, bem como todos os outros da ASMAA não esteja em Português pode ser uma causa maior para a falta de envolvimento da população deste país. Afinal, em Portugal fala-se e escreve-se a língua de Camões e não a língua de Shakespear.
Já o assinalei e ofereci-me para traduzir, sem retorno...
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+12 #1 Pedro G 2015-03-11 10:06
Canary islands and the Algarve/Alentejo coasts have no other industry but tourism. The Spanish had a fierce successful campaign to protect their environment - the Algarve and Alentejo people by doing nothing are holding the door open for huge oil companies to explore and drill in sensitive areas. Why is there no environment impact assessment? Why is ASMAA the only organisation saying anything when Canaries got Greenpeace help?The government again has bullied its way through and refuses to listed to legitimate concerns, ducking debate, leaving meetings early to avoid questions from the public. etc etc Shameful
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