Turkey’s Fatih begins drilling for gas at third Black Sea well

Turkey’s Fatih drilling vessel has started drilling its third exploration well in the Sakarya gas field in the Black Sea region, Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources announced on Wednesday.

The vessel will carry out its natural gas exploration for 2.5 months at a depth of 5,000 meters (16,404 feet) below sea level at the Karasu-1 well, Fatih Dönmez said on Twitter.

Located about 150 kilometers (93 miles) off the coast of Turkey in the Black Sea, the Sakarya gas field is home to the country’s largest natural gas discovery. Fatih has found 540 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas there since August 2020.

Ankara aims to start pumping gas to the national grid in 2023, the centenary of the founding of modern Turkey, with a sustained production plateau from 2027-2028.

Turkey currently has two seismic research vessels, Oruç Reis and Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa, and three drilling vessels, Fatih, Kanuni and Yavuz.

The three drillships are expected to unite soon and operate simultaneously in the Black Sea to speed up work to utilize the natural gas discovered in the region.

Turkey recently added a fourth drillship to its inventory. The vessel is due to arrive soon and is expected to begin exploration activities this summer.

The country started delivering the pipes last month that will be used for the pipeline under the Black Sea to bring the gas ashore.

Scheduled to be built this year, the pipeline, which will stretch approximately 170 kilometers, will connect wells in the region to the main network.

Turkey is expected to start laying the deepwater pipe once all the pipes have been brought to the port of Filyos in Zonguldak province on the northern Black Sea. The process should take about five months.

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