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06/04/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/04/2021 14:45

“Fatih drilling vessel has discovered another natural gas reserve of 135 billion cubic meters in Sakarya natural gas field’s Amasra-1 well”

Addressing a ceremony for the inauguration of Filyos Port and the groundbreaking of Natural Gas Processing Plant, President Erdoğan said: 'The Fatih drilling vessel has discovered another natural gas reserve of 135 billion cubic meters in Sakarya natural gas field's Amasra-1 well. As a result, our total natural gas discovery in the Black Sea has reached 540 billion cubic meters. Our exploration and drilling efforts around Amasra-1 well continue.'

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech at the ceremony for the opening of Filyos Port and the groundbreaking of Natural Gas Processing Plant.

In his address to the ceremony, President Erdoğan recalled the Fatih drilling vessel's 405 billion cubic meters natural gas discovery back in 2020 in the Black Sea, and said: 'This outcome was registered as the world's biggest discovery at the seas in 2020. We back then voiced our wish for this discovery, which we see as a pleasing outcome of our country's longstanding search for hydrocarbon resources, to herald further good news.'

'OUR TOTAL GAS DISCOVERY IN THE BLACK SEA HAS REACHED 540 BILLION CUBIC METERS'

Unveiling further good news, President Erdoğan said: 'The Fatih drilling vessel has discovered another natural gas reserve of 135 billion cubic meters in Sakarya natural gas field's Amasra-1 well. As a result, our total natural gas discovery in the Black Sea has reached 540 billion cubic meters.'

Turkey continues its exploration and drilling efforts around Amasra-1 well, the President stressed. 'We expect more good news from this area. The Kanuni drilling vessel, which we will be having live connection with soon, will start its activities to make the wells opened by the Fatih ready for production. Our friends have been working day and night to put into use the Black Sea gas in 2023 as we have promised. We are determined to complete the facility in Filyos and finish this work both in the land and at the sea as soon as possible.'

The prime goal is to enable Turkey to be rid of energy imports, the leading item of the country's current account deficit, and to speed up its development, the President underlined. 'We aim to bring the natural gas at the sea out to the ground in three phases. The first phase is the natural gas production facilities to be built on the seabed. The second phase is the facility on the ground that will process the natural gas and make it ready for use. The third phase is the pipeline that will connect the system at the sea with the facility on the ground. Natural gas will immensely contribute to our economy once it is ready for use.'