Turkey may begin oil exploration under Libya deal in 3-4 months: Minister Dönmez

"Within the framework of the agreement we reached with we will be able to start our operations there within three to four months," 's Energy Minister stressed in his speech as speaking at a ceremony to mark the launch of Turkey's Fatih oil-and-gas drilling ship to the Black Sea,

Turkey may begin oil exploration in the eastern Mediterranean within three or four months under a deal it signed with , Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez said on Friday.

Libya's internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) signed the maritime delimitation deal last year. says it creates an exclusive economic zone from its southern coast to Libya's northeast coast, and protects rights to resources.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the launch of Turkey's Fatih oil-and-gas drilling ship to the Black Sea, Dönmez said Turkish Petroleum (TPAO), which had applied for an exploration permit in the eastern , would begin operations in areas under its license after the process was completed.

"Within the framework of the agreement we reached with Libya we will be able to start our oil exploration operations there within three to four months," Dönmez said. Turkey's new Kanuni drill ship would also go to the Mediterranean later this year, he added.

Separately, Dönmez said the Fatih drill ship would hold its first operation in the Black Sea on July 15, the anniversary of a 2016 failed coup attempt. Friday also marked the anniversary of Istanbul's conquest by the Ottoman Empire in 1453.





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