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Turkey's first drilling vessel starts drilling works

Turkey's first drilling vessel starts drilling works

Turkey's first drilling vessel, Fatih, started conducting its first deep-water drilling offshore Antalya on the country's southern Mediterranean coast on Tuesday, Caspian Energy News ( reports with reference to AK Party (Justice and Development Party of Turkey).

“Turkey will conduct deep-water drilling works with its own vessel for the deep-water well Alanya-1 as part of its efforts to utilize its domestic resources,” Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said at the launch ceremony in Antalya.

“Our aim is to open two drilling wells on average a year with the Fatih vessel,” Donmez said, adding that the first drilling in Alanya-1 is planned for a period of nearly 150 days.

Turkey is already undertaking oil and gas exploration using two seismic vessels.

Turkey's first seismic vessel, Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa, which was bought from Norway in 2013, has been conducting exploration operations in the Mediterranean since April 2017.

Additionally, Turkey's second vessel, the MTA Oruc Reis, which Turkish engineers built in a local shipyard in Istanbul in June, is undertaking work in the Black Sea.

Donmez noted that other shallow drilling works with the Fatih vessel are planned in the Mersin region in south Turkey next month, adding that Turkey is about to buy a second drill ship to ramp up exploration.

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Person in charge of the newsline: Olga Nagiyeva 

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