Turkey’s 1st drilling in East Med this summer

Turkey will start its first solo oil and gas deep-sea drilling in the Mediterranean before the end of this summer, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak said.

Hailing Turkey’s achievements under its national energy and mining policy, Albayrak said: “We are also making great efforts to ensure there is no letup in this momentum.”

Resources in the Eastern Mediterranean have caused friction between Turkey and the Greek Cypriots. Earlier in 2018, the Republic of Cyprus launched exploratory drilling activities for gas in the Eastern Mediterranean despite strong opposition from Turkish Cypriots, who argue that the island’s natural resources should be exploited jointly to ensure equal rights for both parties.

The Republic of Cyprus is full member of the EU but is not recognized by Turkey, which is the only country recognizing the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 by Turkish military.