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Turkey: Fatih on course for 1st Black Sea deep drilling

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Turkey: Fatih on course for 1st Black Sea deep drilling

Fatih vessel will start its first drilling in Black Sea in mid-July, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said. A photo shows Turkish drilling vessel ‘Fatih‘ passing under the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge as it is on the way, in Istanbul, Turkey on May 29, 2020. (AA) Turkey's first drillship, Fatih, set sail from Istanbul’s Haydarpasa Port for a drilling mission in Black Sea, Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said on Friday.

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Speaking at the send-off ceremony, the minister said that Fatih's 103-metre long towers were disassembled in Haydarpasa port to enable the vessel for a safe passage under the bridges through the Bosphorus and is projected to reach Trabzon in northeastern Turkey on June 1 to be reassembled

“After completing nearly 1.5 months preparation period, Fatih will start its first drilling in Black Sea in the Tuna-1 location in mid-July,” Donmez said

Turkey will continue to carry on offshore exploration studies which is vital for the country's energy independence, he added

Yavuz continues its operations in Selcuklu-1 location in Mediterranean Sea, which marks the 7th deep drilling activity that is conducted in the area. Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa and Oruc Reis seismic vessels are also exploring our seas,” he said

Turkey, as a guarantor nation for the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC), currently carries out hydrocarbon exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean with its drilling vessel Yavuz along with two other seismic vessels, Oruc Reis and Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa, that are also operating in the region

Turkey's third drillship, Kanuni, arrived in Tasucu, Mersin, a coastal city in the Mediterranean region of the country on March 15

Following the completion of renewal and upgrade studies, Kanuni is also projected to start operations in Mediterranean Sea this year, according to Donmez

The country plans to conduct five drills in the Eastern Mediterranean this year, according to Turkey's Annual Presidential Program for 2020

“Our two seismic and two drilling vessels will continue to work in the Eastern Mediterranean at full capacity. With Fatih's sail to Black Sea, we now bridged the most important gap,” the energy minister said

New exploration in Eastern Mediterranean 

On Nov. 27, Ankara and the Libya’s UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) signed two separate pacts, one that encompasses military cooperation and the other maritime boundaries of the two countries in the Eastern Mediterranean

The maritime pact asserted Turkey's rights in the Eastern Mediterranean in the face of unilateral drilling by the Greek Cypriot administration, clarifying that the TRNC also has rights to the resources in the area. It went into effect on Dec. 8

Donmez said that under this pact, Turkish Petroleum — Turkey's national oil company — has applied for drilling activities in country's licensed areas

“Within the next 3-4 months, our first activities here are forecast to start,” Donmez said and added that seismic studies will be conducted and later the exploration areas will be determined depending on the analysis of seismic data

Source: AA