Turkey aims to sink exploration wells in Turkish and Cypriot waters, Turkey’s Energy Minister Berat Albayrak said on Wednesday. Drilling will also take place in the Black Sea, according to a Reuters report.
“We will make our first hydrocarbon drilling in the Mediterranean Sea before the end of this year. We plan to begin 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 of our exploration works in the area. We will start to open wells in Turkish and Cypriot waters,” Albayrak added.
In early April, Albayrak announced 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 began its seismic energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean on 21 April in accordance with the government’s “National Energy and Mining Policy.”