A Turkish ship will begin drilling for oil and gas in the Mediterranean, a move that may face regional complications. Turkey and the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot government have overlapping claims of jurisdiction for offshore oil and gas research in the eastern Mediterranean, a region thought to be rich in natural gas. The drilling ship Fatih is scheduled to begin drilling at Turkey Petroleum’s Alanya-1 borehole. The first borehole will be some distance from the disputed territory, which lies further south and around Cyprus. Fatih and three research vessels will be operating until late April 2019 in an area 60 nautical miles off Antalya, with the aim of opening two drilling wells per year on average. The region reserved by Turkey is a few dozen miles north of Block 10.
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