“Germany can count 100% on Portugal's commitment to the construction of the gas pipeline. Today for natural gas, tomorrow for green hydrogen”, wrote António Costa in a post on his official Twitter account.

According to the chief executive, until this pipeline is completed, “the Port of Sines can be used as a logistics platform to accelerate the distribution of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Europe”.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke out in favour of a pipeline that transports gas from Portugal through Spain and France to the rest of Europe, to reduce the current dependence on Russian gas.

In a press conference, Scholz regretted that this link had not yet been built, because it would now make it possible to make a "massive contribution" to the supply in northern Europe, due to the energy crisis that arose after the war in Ukraine.

The chancellor, quoted by the Spanish agency Efe, added that he spoke with his colleagues from Portugal, Spain and France and with the president of the European Commission to promote this project, as the existence of links with North Africa would help to diversify the supply.