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Algarve Livre de Petróleo, Portugal

Oil and gas exploration on Southern coast trigger opposition among local population, small entrepreneurs whose income depends on tourism and small business. The government seems deaf to their claims but can't ignore the anti-extraction coalition


Several companies are currently planning to explore for gas and oil in the Algarve, either onshore and offshore (Gulf of Algarve and Gulf of Alentejo). Several contracts to explore, drill and produce petroleum were already granted.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Algarve Livre de Petróleo, Portugal
State or province:Faro
Location of conflict:Algarve
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Specific commodities:Crude oil
Natural Gas
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Type of populationUnknown
Start of the conflict:01/03/2015
Company names or state enterprises:Repsol from Spain
PARTEX OIL AND GAS from Portugal
Galp from Portugal
Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (Eni) from Italy
Relevant government actors:Governo de Portugal (
Entidade Nacional para o Mercado de Combustíveis (
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Plataforma Algarve Livre de Petróleo (, an umbrella organization including environmentalists and others entities
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageLATENT (no visible resistance)
Groups mobilizing:Local government/political parties
Social movements
Trade unions
Recreational users
Local businesses
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Artistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Noise pollution, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Oil spills, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Other Environmental impacts
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Other environmental related diseases, Other Health impacts, Accidents
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Other socio-economic impacts
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Development of alternatives: Tourism based economy and small business
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The companies are currently doing research on the area to discover the amount of gas and oil that could be extracted.
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Decreto-lei 109/94
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Dúvidas sobre exploração de petróleo no Algarve marcam debate na Fuzeta
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Primeiro ministro diz que prospeção de gás e petróleo no Algarve é para continuar (com vídeo)
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Deputados algarvios do PSD apontam «contradições» do Governo na prospeção de Petróleo
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Algarve teme vir a ser uma “janela” com vista para as plataformas petrolíferas
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Alerta vermelho no Algarve: operação de sondagem de gás e petróleo alarma surfistas
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Heloísa Apolónia pede a Portas que assuma "geringonça" do caso Banif
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PCP quer renegociação de contratos de concessão da exploração de petróleo
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AMAL pretende reverter exploração petrolífera no Algarve
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Entidade Nacional para o Mercado de Combustíveis contesta munícipios do Algarve
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Há Petróleo em Portugal?
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

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Petroleum in Algarve [Video]
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Petróleo no Algarve [Video]
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The Last Beach [Video]
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Other documents

Onshore - Algarve
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Concessões em Portugal
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Lotes Disponiveis para Concessionar
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Algarve Livre De Petróleo
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Outdoor - Para Quê Criar Mau Ambiente
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Plataforma Algarve Livre de Petróleo
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