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Turkey Is Expanding Its Drilling Operations In The Black Sea

Turkey is expanding its drilling operations in the Black Sea

Filyos, Turkey (PortSEurope) December 7, 2020 – Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Fatih Donmez, has said that the drilling ship Kanuni has docked at Zonguldak province’s Filyos port and will prepare for oil and gas drilling exploration activities in the Black Sea. Part of the vessel’s tower was dismantled so that the ship could pass through the Bosphorus strait. Minister Dönmez said, “After the completion
of the tower assembly, sea navigation test, drilling equipment installation and well-bottom safety system maintenance works, Kanuni will be ready for operation2. He said he will start drilling in the first months of 2021. Turkey Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) has been operating Black Sea gas exploration activities from a base in the Northwest port of Filyos. In August, president Erdogan said that the Fatih exploration vessel had discovered Turkey’s biggest-ever natural gas field holding with estimated reserves of 320 billion m³ in the Black Sea. The discovery was made at the Tuna-1 well, where the Fatih launched drilling on July 20. The port of Filyos is part of a regional development project to turn the it into a major logistics centre. Despite the Covid-19 coruna virus pandemic, the construction project at the port of Filyos continues and is on schedule for completion this year. The port of Filyos is located at the Black Sea coast in Filyos town of Çaycuma district in Zonguldak Province, northwestern Turkey. The 25 million-ton capacity Filyos Port Project is approaching the end and the port with a capacity of 25 million tons, with an industrial zone, will also connect the north-south axis. The industrial zone is forecast to employ over 10,000 people. “We estimate that it will generate billions of dollars in income only through transit”, said Mustafa Çakır, Chairman of the Board of Ulaş Customs Consultancy and Çakır Denizcilik Ticaret Limited Şirketi. The new port and its industrial zone are part of the larger Filyos project, which is designed to trigger economic development in the region and enable the region to be recognized nationally and internationally and attract investment. With its location on the Black Sea coast, about 450 km east of Istanbul, the port could develop a role in North-South road and rail transport corridors on Turkey. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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