Motoring Updates

Cepsa has recently announced that another set of service stations will open soon on the Olhão motorway roundabout, on the A22. The first two Cepsa forecourts opened on either side of the Silves – Lagoa stretch of the motorway last month. “We hope to open the new service stations by the beginning of the Euro 2004 football tournament,” technician Pedro Cardoso revealed. Despite his optimism, the opening date has to be approved by the Instituto das Estradas Portugal, which should announce its decision shortly.

Petrol price soars

This week, Portugal suffered yet another petrol rise. BP raised the price of its unleaded 95 petrol by four cêntimos, to 1.089 euros per litre. BP leaded petrol now costs 1.149 euros per litre and even diesel soared to 0.799 euros. Total has also increased its 95 unleaded petrol price to 1.049, and 98 unleaded to 1.109 euros. However, diesel stayed at 0.777 euros per litre.