Turkey’s Fatih starts first drilling in Black Sea

Turkey´s first drillship, Fatih, will start drilling at the Black Sea as part of the country’s plans to bolster energy independence, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.

“We will search every square meter of our seas for Turkey's energy independence,” Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said on Twitter.

“If there is, we will surely find,” he said, in an apparent reference to expected oil and gas resources in the Black Sea.

Dönmez said late June that seismic data obtained from field experts was promising.

Fatih will be drilling at the Tuna-1 zone in the Black Sea, Anadolu said, pointing out the vessel’s 103-meter-long towers, which were disassembled in the Haydarpaşa port in Istanbul to enable safe passage under the bridges through the Bosporus before its journey.

The Fatih drilling vessel was deployed to the Black Sea on May 29 from Istanbul to the northern Trabzon port, where it reached its destination for reassembly on June 6, Andolu said.

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