President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey is going to continue its search for energy resources in the Black Sea, where it has so far discovered 405 billion cubic meters (BCM) of natural gas.
Addressing a news conference after an hour-long cabinet meeting at the presidential complex in the capital, Ankara, on Tuesday, President Tayyip Erdogan addressed various topics, including the spread of the novel Coronavirus, the country’s energy research and foreign policy.
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Discovery of natural gas reserves in the Black Sea
Erdogan said that discovery in the Black Sea increased the known capacity of natural gas reserves from 320 to 405 bcm. It will help Turkey to meet some of its hydrocarbon needs. Erdogan further declared that the Fatih, Turkey’s drillship, will begin a new operation next month.
“Fatih will start drilling at the Turkali-1 well in the Sakarya gas field next month,” Erdogan said.
“Available data suggest that we might have news of discovery at Turkali-1, at least as significant and plentiful as in the Tuna-1 well.”
Erdogan added that the extracted natural gas would play a significant role in Turkey’s peace, prosperity and security, as the country reaps the financial benefits of the exploration.
Azerbaijan vs Armenia
Erdogan also stressed that Ankara will fully support Baku against Armenia, which has been occupying Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territories for decades and launching attacks on civilians in violation of international law.
New border clashes between the two former Soviet republics erupted on September 27, when Armenia first launched attacks on civilian settlements and has since continued to attack civilians and Azerbaijani forces.
Over the past 10 days, Armenia has broken the ceasefire in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, the internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan.
In two attacks on Ganja, a major Azerbaijani city far from the front line, Armenian missiles killed two dozen civilians, including children, and injured several others. Last Thursday, Armenians targeted civilians visiting a cemetery in the western city of Tartar, killing four and injuring the same number. A new humanitarian ceasefire was imposed on Saturday.
Human trials for the Covid-19 vaccine
Commenting on the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Turkish president said that the authorities would keep a close eye on the people’s compliance with the measures taken against the disease which has so far killed 9,445 people in Turkey.
Erdogan said a human trial phase in vaccine research in Turkey is likely to begin in two weeks, adding that the government hopes to complete work on immunizations by spring.
Turkey has so far confirmed more than 351,000 Cowed 19 cases, of which about 307,000 have been fully recovered. A total of 9,445 deaths have been reported and 1,545 patients have been declared “critically ill”.