President Erdoğan on Oct. 17 announced the discovery of an additional 85 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the Black Sea, following a similar find in August. As a result of testing, analysis and detailed engineering work, another 85 billion cubic meters were added to the reserves we had discovered. The total amount of natural gas reserves in the TUNA-1 well of the Sakarya Gas Field reached 405 billion cubic meters," Erdoğan said.
Deniz Çil reports: A project for a natural gas harbor and Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) is threatening the Aegean Gulf of Saros, known for its natural beauty. While locals continue a legal battle against construction, Turkey's Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAŞ) has signed a tender for the project with an anonymous partner.
This good news about the discovery of natural gas reserves in the Black Sea at the same time means a disaster for the environment. Turkey is a country in which environmental protection standards are very low, and it cannot control even this. This project will be the end of the Black Sea.
Now a new flaw has been invented in Turkey: not being happy enough with the President Erdoğan's announcements. The government finds an enemy to accuse of everything evil and bad.
The “good news” do not fly far much. An eminent expert with 26 years of experience Mr. Necdet Pamir reminds us that global giant Schlumberger operates the government owned drillships and that, with merely one well being drilled one cannot pretend to know the quality and the volume of a gas reserve.
The natural gas discovery, which was announced by President Erdoğan, could be considered as a strong sign of his government's preparations for a snap election according to journalist Murat Yetkin. In his recent piece, Yetkin wrote that the recent history is full of announcements of oil and gas discoveries by the AKP which eventually led nowhere.
Presiden Erdoğan said on Aug. 21 Turkey discovered its biggest ever natural gas field holding 320 billion cubic metres in the Black Sea, and the country works to provide it by as soon as 2023. Experts on the other hand have pointed out that this new natural gas discovery is not such a considerable amount that it will help Turkey tackle its current account deficit.
Turkey has found 800 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the Black Sea, two Turkish officials told Reuters on Aug. 20. The officials said that the discovery meets approximately 20 years of Turkey's needs, but cautioned that it could take seven to 10 years to start production. The announcement came after Erdoğan said earlier this week that he would announce "good news" on Aug. 21 that will herald a "new period" for Turkey.
The eastern Mediterranean region where a Turkish ship will carry out a seismic survey is part of Turkey's continental shelf, Ankara said on July 22, rejecting Greece's accusation that the ship is encroaching on its own shelf. Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the ship Oruç Reis will operate in an area where Ankara awarded licences to Turkish energy company TPAO in 2012, within continental shelf boundaries of which the United Nations has been notified.
Turkey’s energy watchdog launches probe into Istanbul gas grid over issuing bills against regulations
The Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK) has launched a probe into the Istanbul Natural Gas Authority (İGDAŞ) for preparing bills in time intervals that go against the regulations. "We have never come across such complaints in the natural gas sector. We hope that it will not reoccur," EPDK chair Mustafa Yılmaz said.
Turkey's gas stations have lost 60 to 75 percent of sales during the COVID-19 outbreak, daily Sözcü reported April 8. Limitations on intercity bus travels have furthered victimized petroleum workers in Turkey, Union of Gas Station, Petroleum and Gas Employers said.