No sooner was it reported that Turks are ploughing €300 million into Portugal than news comes of a Turkish mining company bid for areas in southern Portugal.
Ozdogu Portugal Mining and Exploration Lda, an affiliate of Özdoğu Construction and Trade has set its sights on vast areas of the Alentejo and Algarve.
One of its bids is for an area called “Barrigão 2”, encompassing the boroughs of Almodôvar, Mértola, Alcoutim and Loulé.
The other is for a stretch dubbed “Cercal 1”, taking in the boroughs of Sines, Santiago do Cacém and Odemira.
According to reports, the firm is asking the Portuguese State for rights to research and drill for various minerals, including gold, copper, lead, zinc and silver.
The news has been published in State newspaper Diário da República – leaving the clock ticking on time available for communities to react.
According to negociosonline, people have 30 days from today (Tuesday April 18) to present complaints, or ‘contractual proposals’.
All relevant details (plans of the sites, details of Ozdogu’s requests) can be found online on the site of the Direcção-Geral de Energia e Geologia.