We would like to share with all of you, and in plain language, the legal process in Portugal relating to court injunctions (urgent applications / providências cautelares) and court applications against oil companies and the government.
After a nail-biting two weeks, in which so many things have been happening at the same time in the offshore oil-drilling environment in Europe and in which ENI was playing a leading role, the unbelievable happened: PALP, on Friday, 23 February, extended GALP-ENI’s TUPEM licence to drill of the coast of Aljezur by a further three months?
A notice that Turkish ships threatened to sink ENI's drill ship SAIPEM 12000, was in our opinion a missed opportunity to do some good for Portugal. Had it happened it would have really put a halt to ENI's attempt to drill our beautiful coast. At least for a while ... as it stands, the threat that the Saipem 12000 will be in Portuguese waters shortly is very real.
The Saipem 12000 Drillship three support vessels will carry out loading and unloading in the next three to four days as the drillship has anchored in international waters, about 17 nautical miles southeast of the port of Limassol.
On friday the long awaited news that the Saipem would be leaving, was confirmed. The Saipem 12000 will drill elsewhere says Cypriot minister. Now the real question is if it will go to Morocco or will come to the Alentejo Basin in the south of Portugal. We will just have to wait and see.
The SAIPEM 12000 drilling ship from Italian energy company ENI is preparing to depart the “Supa” target in sea block 3 of the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone and sail for Morocco or will it sail to the Alentejo Basin?
When we though nothing more could surprise us coming out of Minister of Sea - Ana Paula Vitorino’s offices, we learned that as of February 1 this year, Rubem Eiras was appointed Director-General of Sea Policies. But who is this Ruben Eiras?