Turkey has finalized drilling operations at the Turkali-1 well in the Sakarya gas field in the Black Sea after 77 days, Turkish Petroleum Corporation announced in a Twitter post on Monday.
Operations of Turkey's first drillship Fatih extended to depths over 3,920 meters in Turkali-1 well, Turkish Petroleum noted.
Reaching its target destination on Nov. 2 last year, the Fatih drillship began drilling the well on Nov. 5.
The drilling activities followed on from the announcement on Aug. 21 of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the "biggest gas discovery” in Turkey’s history of 320 billion cubic meters (bcm) at the Tuna-1 gas field also located in the Sakarya Gas Field.
On Oct. 17, Turkey discovered an additional 85 bcm of natural gas reserves in the Black Sea, and on Oct. 21, Erdogan confirmed that the vessel was slated to start operations at the Turkali-1 well in November.
By Ebru Sengul Cevrioglu