Turkish ship Fatih has begun its drilling activities in the Black Sea, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said on Nov. 5.
Fatih, which means conqueror in Turkish, will carry out its activities for 75 days.
"We have started drilling in the Türkali-1 well following preparation works," Dönmez said in a tweet.
"May it be fruitful," he added.
This drilling follows on from the announcement on Aug. 21 of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of the "biggest gas discovery” in Turkey’s history of 320 billion cubic meters in the Tuna-1 gas field also located in the Sakarya gas field.
Turkish officials had said the gas from the Tuna-1 well would be ready for public use in 2023, while also sharing their optimism that more reserves would soon be found.
On Oct. 17, Turkey discovered an additional 85 billion cubic meters of natural gas reserves in the Black Sea, and on Oct. 21, Erdoğan confirmed that the vessel was slated to start operations on the Türkali-1 well in November.Turkey may cooperate with foreign firms in Black Sea, says energy minister