Turkish Energy Minister: The fourth drilling ship arrives on May 19

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Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez announced that the fourth drilling ship will arrive in the country on May 19 to join its fleet of drilling ships.

In a speech on Monday at a meeting in Istanbul on oil industry technologies, he added that the fourth drilling ship had spent nearly two months sailing on its way to Turkey, without revealing where it came from.

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He explained that the ship, which will head first to the port of Mersin in the south of the country, will remain there for about two months to complete the necessary preparations for exploration.

He indicated that the aforementioned ship will start excavation work after the completion of its painting and completion of other tests.

He stressed that the fourth drilling ship is classified among the deep drilling ships of the seventh generation, pointing out that there are no drilling ships that surpass them in terms of technology.

In a related context, the Turkish minister said that they had drilled 112 wells on land during the past year, stressing their intention to raise this number to 150 wells by the end of 2022.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had previously announced the discovery of the largest gas field in Turkey’s history in the Black Sea, with a reserve of 320 billion cubic meters, then later announced higher estimates after discovering an additional 85 billion cubic meters.