Tur­key’s sur­vey finds nat­u­ral gas field off Cyprus coast, Greek Cypriot daily claims

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Money -

TUR­KEY’S seis­mic re­search in the Mediter­ranean Sea has re­sulted in the dis­cov­ery of a nat­u­ral gas field lo­cated between south­ern Tur­key and the north­ern coast of Cyprus, a Greek Cypriot daily claimed Mon­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port of Phileleft­heros, the nat­u­ral gas field was dis­cov­ered un­der the seabed between Tur­key’s south­ern Gulf of İsk­enderun and the Karpaz penin­sula of the Turk­ish Repub­lic of North­ern Cyprus (TRNC), the north­east­ern-most part of the is­land.

The Bar­baros Hayret­tin Paşa (for­merly Po­lar­cus) seis­mic sur­vey ves­sel pro­duced de­tailed maps of the area. A newly-ac­quired drilling ves­sel of the Turk­ish Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (TPAO), Deep Sea Metro II, will ar­rive in the area in the first months of 2018, the re­port said.

Fol­low­ing the end of the pur­chas­ing process, the ship, which has an ad­vanced drilling bit able to op­er­ate in high seas, will be brought to Tur­key and re­named, it added.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported, the seis­mic ves­sel em­barked into Turk­ish wa­ters on April 21 to sur­vey the eastern Mediter- ranean for oil and gas re­sources.The ex­plo­rations are be­ing con­ducted in the scope of the “as­sertive course of ex­plo­rative and sound­ing oper­a­tions.”

In June, Tur­key’s En­ergy and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Min­is­ter Berat Al­bayrak an­nounced that Tur­key will drill its first well in the Mediter­ranean by the end of the third or fourth quar­ter of this year.

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