Turkey has demonstrated its determination to protect its sovereign rights in the Eastern Mediterranean with continued efforts of drilling and seismic surveys in the region.
After dispatching its first vessel ‘Fatih’ to the west of Cyprus to start drilling its second well in the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey has sent its second drillship to the region on Wednesday.
In a statement to Anadolu Agency, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Dönmez highlighted that Turkey’s exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean were in accordance with international law.
“Our second drilling vessel ‘Yavuz’ is ready to start operations in the region at the beginning of July in the concession block for which we have received a license from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC),” Dönmez said.
The sixth-generation drillship ‘Yavuz’ was bought by Turkish Petroleum for $262.5 million and has a length of 229 meters and weighs 21,283 gross tons.
‘Yavuz’ arrived at Çolakoğlu shipyard in Yalova for maintainance in early March.