Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey said that Turkey discovered its biggest ever natural gas field holding 320 billion cubic metres (11.3 trillion cubic feet) in the Black Sea, and more could be found as the country works to provide it by as soon as 2023.
Erdogan said that “Turkey has realized the biggest natural gas find of its history in the Black Sea,” adding that Turkey aims to become a net energy exporter, If the gas can be commercially extracted, the discovery could help Ankara cut its current dependence on imports from countries such as Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan for a substantial amount of its energy needs.
All tests and engineering work has been completed, Erdogan said adding that he said the Fatih drill ship began work late last month in the Tuna-1 zone, about 100 nautical miles north of the Turkish coast in the western Black Sea.
“This reserve is actually part of a much bigger source. God willing, much more will come. As a country that depended on the outside for gas for years, we look to the future with more security now,” he said. “There will be no stopping until we become a net exporter in energy.” Erdogan said
Any reduction in Turkey’s energy import bill, which stood at $41 billion last year, would boost government finances and help ease a chronic current account deficit which has helped drive the lira to record lows against the dollar, The currency TRYTOM=3 has strengthened since Erdogan first told energy executives on Wednesday that he had “good news” to announce. The lira slid however as he detailed the find and was down 0.4% at 1247 GMT.
Officials and analysts have cautioned that it could take up to a decade for any gas from the Black Sea find to come online, and would need billions of dollars of investment to build up the infrastructure for production and supply.
Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will accelerate operations in the Mediterranean, Turkey has been exploring for hydrocarbons in the Black Sea and in the Mediterranean where its survey operations in disputed waters have drawn protests from Greece and Cyprus.
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