Turkey to Hold First Deep Drilling for Oil and Gas in Med in 2018

Turkey will carry out its first hydrocarbon drilling in the Mediterranean later this year and its first deep drilling in 2018, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak stated on Oct. 11.

Albayrak said Turkey aimed to open wells in Turkish and Cypriot waters, and drilling would also take place in the Black Sea, Reuters reported.

“We will make our first hydrocarbon drilling in the Mediterranean Sea before the end of this year. We plan to hold our first deep drilling in 2018,” he said during a speech at an energy summit in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya.

“We are very hopeful for our exploration works in the area. We will start to open wells in Turkish and Cypriot waters,” Albayrak added.

He announced in early April that Turkey would conduct seismic studies for oil and gas drilling activities, noting that exploration would occur in two areas in the Black Sea and two in the Mediterranean.

The country started its seismic energy exploration in eastern Mediterranean on April 21 in line with the government’s “National Energy and Mining Policy.”