Cyprus: Turkey sends drill ships to ENI-Total license area

Nicosia considers EEZ area

04 October, 13:15

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, OCTOBER 4 - Turkey has sent a second drillship escorted by the Navy to search for hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean off Cyprus, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez has said.

    He explained that the Yavuz is sailing towards "the Guzelyurt-1 field", in an area that Nicosia, with the support of the international community, considers as its own Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). And the government of Cyprus has granted a joint exploration license there to Italian energy giant Eni and France's Total.

    "We will not stop making our underwater resources available to our nation", Donmez wrote on Twitter. The ship's exploration activities have so far been planned until January.

    Nicosia responded by describing as a "grave escalation" Ankara's "illegal" actions.

    Eni and Total obtained licenses to explore the 7 and 13 blocks of Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Other companies with licenses granted by Cyprus include the American Exxon Mobil and Noble Energy, the Dutch Shell and Israel's Delek.

    In February 2018, the drillship Saipem 12000, rented by Eni, decided to forego drilling operations planned with a license granted by Nicosia after a blockade imposed by the Turkish Navy.


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