Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak, has said that “The Mediterranean is not a lake belonging to no one. It is a place that Turkey has rights based on international law. If there is to be serious explorations there, we will also be more active. We will be there with our engineers soon. We could also carry out drilling activities in cooperation with other countries”, Turkish daily ‘Milliyet’ reports.
Albayrak went on to say that: “We will put into use our own drilling ship within the last quarter of this year. We will do our first drilling in 2018. We are forced to be more aggressive on natural gas and oil in the Mediterranean. We will be more active both on land and on sea for oil and natural gas explorations”.
Additionally, Turkish daily ‘Sabah’ reports that Albayrak, stating that nuclear power plants will be greatly beneficial for industrial energy needs, said that Turkey will be more active in the realisation of nuclear power projects.
“Before the end of this year, we will lay the ground for the construction of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant. The efficiency of nuclear energy exceeds 90%,” Albayrak said and referred to the partnership with Japanese firms on the construction of the second nuclear power plant in the Black Sea city of Sinop.
He also announced that between 2023 and 2030, Turkey will put three nuclear power plants – the Akkuyu, Sinop and one other whose location has not been officially announced yet – into operation. These nuclear power plants, once operational, are planned to meet 10% of the country-wide electricity consumption, the minister said.