On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gave his citizens the good news of the discovery of an additional 85 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the Black Sea, according to the Turkish Anatolia News Agency.
This came in a press conference held on board the “al Fateh” ship, which is drilling for natural gas in the Black Sea.
President Erdogan said, “We discovered an additional 85 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the Black Sea”.
Erdogan added that the total natural gas reserves discovered in the “Tuna-1” area in the Sakarya field at the Black Sea amounted to 405 billion cubic meters.
The Turkish president confirmed that the discovered reserves in the Black Sea are the largest hydrocarbon energy source for Turkey so far.
Erdogan continued, saying, “I hope that our external dependence on natural gas will decrease significantly with these discoveries gas reserves, which I believe will continue”.
The Turkish president added, “We have introduced a diver robot to the oil sector in Turkey with local capabilities and advanced technology that can be controlled remotely”.
Regarding the eastern Mediterranean, Erdogan said, “We are determined not to allow any fait accompli that ignores the rights of the Turkish people and the Turkish Cypriots”.
Erdogan pointed out that his country opened the door to a new era by confronting efforts to exclude Turkey from hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Turkish president added, “If the European Union does not take a fair position in the Eastern Mediterranean, then this will be an official declaration that the end of its role is imminent”.