Mar 2020: Portugal, the sunniest country in Europe, postponed its 2nd solar energy licensing auction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Itl hopes to launch it by June if the spread starts to slow. The auction for 700 MW of solar capacity is to help Portugal reach 7,000 MW of renewable energy by 2030.
No significant news in 2019.
Jul 2018: Galp Energia and ENI are set to start drilling off the Alentejo region’s Vicentine coast. It is the country’s first deep water exploration well but has an only modest chance of success. Drilling is due to begin in September 2018.
No significant news in 2017.
No significant news in 2016.
Nov 2015: TGS announced the reprocessing of 22,847 kms of 2D offshore seismic. Petroleum systems similar to those off Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in Canada may be present. The project is supported by industry funding.
Dec 2014: Eni has finalised with Petrogal, a subsidiary of Galp Energia, the farm in agreement for the acquisition of a 70% stake and operatorship of 3 offshore permits; Gamba, Santola and Lavagante. The exploration permits were awarded to Petrogal in 2007.
Apr 2014: Petrobras has withdrawn from its 3 deep water blocks (Gamba, Lavagante, and Santola) in the Alentejo Basin off Cape Sao Vicente. Galp Energia, now the sole owner, is looking for partners to drill a first exploration well in 2015 on the Gamba prospect.
Jun 2013: Porto Energy has announced that its partner, Galp, in the Aljubarrota-3 concession, onshore Portugal, has exercised its option to become operator. Galp paid the Company US$4.3 mm in back costs as well as their portion of drilling the ALC-1 well to earn 50% of the Company’s rights.
Sep 2012: Porto Energy has approval of its Development and Production Plan for its onshore concessions. During an upcoming 5-year term, Porto will be executing a work program focused on commercialising the Lias resource play. At the end of 5 years the concessions may be converted into a 25 year production lease. Additionally Porto is relinquishing 7.5% of its offshore concession area and plans to obtain partners in an effort to explore the remainder of these assets.