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Turkey discovered more natural gas in the North Sakarya field in the Black Sea

The country, which has little oil & gas, is highly dependent on imports from Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran – as well as LNG imports from Qatar, the U.S., Nigeria and Algeria

Turkey discovered more natural gas in the North Sakarya field in the Black Sea

Ankara, June 9 - Neftegaz.RU. Turkish state energy company TPAO, has discovered 135 billion m3 of natural gas in the Amasra-1 well in the North Sakarya field.
TPAO started drilling operations there in April 2021.

The new discovery at the Amasra-1 well, with a 1938 m water depth and 3850 m total depth, in the North Sakarya field will also be included in the Sakarya gas field development project.
TPAO said in a statement:
  • With the addition of the 135 bcm to the previously discovered volume of 405 bcm in the Sakarya gas field, the total gas reserves discovered in the Black Sea reached 540 bcm
Turkey aims to pump gas from the Sakarya field to its main grid in 2023, with an envisaged annual gas flow of 5-10 bcm.
Sustained plateau production set to start in 2027 or 2028 while the field is expected to gradually increase to reach a production plateau of around 15 bcm as of 2025, which is sufficient to meet 30% of the nation’s annual gas demand.

Turkish Petroleum will invest 780 million Turkish Liras in the production and transmission facilities concerning the field alone.
However, the overall investment volume in the Sakarya Gas Field is not publicly announced.

Turkey imported 48.1 bcm of gas last year, up 6% from a year before, of which a 3rd was from Russia.
The country's aim is to cut dependence on imports in energy with the discovered gas on its shores, as reiterated many times by the president Recep Erdogan.

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