The Republic of Cyprus is expected to lodge a protest with the United Nations over moves by Turkey to prevent an Italian vessel from exploring for gas in the eastern Mediterranean.
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Turkey's confrontation with an Italian drilling ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea could quickly reach crisis proportions. As I noted in an Al-Monitor story Dec. 26, developments were warning of growing tension between Turkey and the Greek Cypriots over newly discovered hydrocarbon reserves south of the island.
On 10 February Turkish warships on manoeuvres in the Mediterranean Sea have blocked the drilling ship - (Saipem 12000 – the same drilling ship that is licensed to drill off Costa Vicentina in Portugal), the SAIPEM 12000 - belonging to the Italian energy firm ENI and prevented it from reaching an area off Cyprus to start searching for gas, according to official government sources.
After finding a promising gas field off Cyprus last month, the drillship Saipem 12000 was scheduled to head for another lease site to the east.
The EU warned Turkey on Monday (12 February) to refrain from any "threat" against Cyprus, after a Turkish vessel prevented an Italian ship from reaching a drilling zone for gas off the Cypriot coast.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano met his Turkish colleague, Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Kuwait City on the sidelines of the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh.
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Comissão Europeia - Comunicado de imprensa - Bruxelas, 25 de janeiro de 2018
European Commission - Press release - Brussels, 25 January 2018
ASMAA was informed that last week, on the 25 January, the BE requested during a sitting of parliament, documentation from Ministry of Economy and from the DGRM as a result of the extension autorization of the ENI/Galp consortium drilling contract in the Alentejo Basin off Aljezur coast.
A very interesting article in the Express online newspaper of today (28 January 2018) which raised some eyebrows. A dispute between two organs of the state? Really? We don't think so, but nice try from the government PR machinne.
It was with utter astonishment that we read a copy of the TUPEM licence granted to ENI on 11 January 2017 by the DGRM signed by Miguel Sequeira who was then its Director General.
ENI the Italian company that is at the forefront of controversy and facing various civic actions against them in Portugal, has a reputational history that should raise serious concerns with our Portuguese government and with the people of Portugal.