Eastern Mediterranean

Turkiye’s Abdülhamid Han drilling vessel started explorations in Eastern Mediterranean

by Daily Sabah

Türkiye’s newest drilling ship has started the search for oil and natural gas in the Mediterranean Sea, the country’s energy minister said Wednesday, over a week after it was sent off on its first mission.

The latest and the most advanced undersea hydrocarbon drillship in the country’s fleet, Abdülhamid Han will carry out explorations at the Yörükler-1 well, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) off the coast of Gazipaşa, in Antalya province.

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez voiced hopes the search in the Eastern Mediterranean would result in discoveries similar to those in the Black Sea, where Türkiye discovered a natural gas reserve with a volume of 540 billion cubic meters (bcm).

“We are determined to follow up on the happy news from the Black Sea with new good news in the Mediterranean this time,” Dönmez wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

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