The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said on Saturday aboard the Fatih drillship that an additional 85,000 million cubic meters of gas had been discovered in a huge nature reserve in the Black Sea, the discovery of which was announced in August.
The total amount of gas in the TUNA-1 well is 405,000 million cubic meters, compared to initial estimates of 320,000 million cubic meters.
Erdogan declared that the discovered gas should be made available to the public in 2023, calling the reserve found in the Black Sea the country’s largest hydrocarbon resource to date. In this regard, he expressed the hope that, with discoveries like this, Turkey’s dependence on foreign natural gas will decrease significantly.
The Turkish president announced that they will continue to search for hydrocarbon resources in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. “We are expecting new good news in a very short time,” he stressed.
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