The drillship Saipem 12000 which is conducting exploratory drilling operations for ENI on behalf of the South Cyprus, will remain in position until the situation created by Turkish military activity in the area of the Eastern Mediterranean is resolved, a spokesman for ENI told Cyprus News Agency.
“Eni can confirm that on Friday afternoon the Saipem 12000 vessel had to stop the transfer journey to a new location as it was stopped by Turkish military ships with the notice not to continue because there would be military activities in the destination area”, a spokesman from ENI told CNA on Saturday night. Reports said there were anything from three to six Turkish warships in close proximity to the platform.
The vessel, the spokesman said, “has prudently executed the orders and will remain in position pending an evolution of the situation.”
Saipem 12000 has planned drilling operations on behalf of ENI in Bloc 3 in the waters of the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus, he added.