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Portugal could hold an answer for a Europe captive to Russian gas

By Patricia Cohen

01 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

As Europe looks for new sources of natural gas, Portugal might become a new and unexpected energy hub for the continent. The New York Times explains.

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal has no coal mines, oil wells or gas fields. Its impressive hydropower production has been crippled this year by drought. And its long-running disconnect from the rest of Europe’s energy network has earned the country its status as an “energy island.”

Yet with Russia withholding natural gas from countries opposed to its invasion of Ukraine, the tiny coastal nation of Portugal is suddenly poised to play a critical role in managing Europe’s looming energy crisis.

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