Turkey sends its third drillship to the Black Sea

Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez has revealed that Turkey’s third drillship, the Kanuni, has set sail from Istanbul on Friday en route to the Black Sea, Turkish media reported.

Dönmez said the vessel will carry out some maintenance work in the port of Filyos, on the sea coast, before starting its mission in the Sakarya gas field.

The Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported that Dönmez indicated that Kanuni will join the Fatih drillship, which also set sail from the same location on May 29 bound for the Black Sea, where the vessel discovered 320 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas in just one month.

“The reserves discovered in the Tuna-1 well of the Sakarya gas field were subsequently revised to 405 billion cubic meters and with this, we completed our first drilling in Tuna-1,” Dönmez revealed.

The discovery of this size could satisfy Turkey’s domestic gas demand for more than 20 years, Dönmez explained, adding that to date, Turkey has produced 16.8 bcm of gas, but has managed to discover 24 times the amount of gas in single perforation.

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The Daily Sabah also reported that the Fatih began drilling earlier this month at the Türkali-1 well, a new location in the Sakarya gas field.

Dönmez also reported on Wednesday, stating that in the field of hydrocarbon exploration and production activities carried out on land and at sea, 76 exploration, production and detection wells were opened in the first nine months of 2020.

Three of them were at sea and 73 on land, and some 186,000 meters of drilling were done in total.

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