CLOSE
Loading...
12° Nicosia,
28 October, 2020
 
Home  /  News

Yavuz to start drilling off Cyprus

Turkish energy minister says Yavuz ready to start drilling off Cyprus ‘today or tomorrow’

Kathimerini Greece Newsroom

Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez on Monday said that the country’s Yavuz ship will start drilling for hydrocarbon deposits within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone “today or tomorrow,” in what Nicosia says is a “serious escalation” by Ankara.

The area in question, Morphou-1, falls within Block 7 of Cyprus’ EEZ, where Nicosia has already signed agreements with French Total and Italian ENI for offshore hydrocarbon exploration.

Donmez’ statement comes as Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Cyprus ahead of an October 14 meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council.

It also comes just two days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington has made it clear to Ankara that “illegal drilling is unacceptable.”

“We want to make sure that rules govern international exploration in the Mediterranean Sea’s energy resources and that no country can hold Europe hostage,” Pompeo said during a visit to Athens on Saturday.

“We have told the Turks that illegal drilling is unacceptable, and we’ll continue to take diplomatic actions to make sure that we do, as we do always, ensure that lawful activity takes place,” he added.

News: Latest Articles

Total known cases in the Republic of Cyprus increased to 3,636

91 new coronavirus cases in Cyprus

The health ministry said the virus is being rampantly transmitted among the local community, as 1 in 13 tested positive, ...
Newsroom
 |  NEWS
Chinese Embassy in Nicosia accuses Washington of ‘openly coercing’ country in choosing 5G suppliers

5G wars over Cyprus rage on

Chinese Embassy in Nicosia accuses Washington of ‘openly coercing’ country in choosing 5G suppliers
Newsroom
 |  NEWS
According to the current Navtex, the Oruc Reis will conduct activities west and northwest of the Kastellorizo island ​​complex, and to its east reaching up to 6.5 nautical miles away

Friction in East Med to be prolonged

Turkey’s Oruc Reis seismic survey vessel will explore the area east of the 28th meridian for another two months, according ...
Kathimerini Greece Newsroom
 |  NEWS
X