About 2,000 oil exploratory wells drilled in Turkey
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 10
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
In 2018, exploratory drilling operations were conducted in Turkey to search for hydrocarbons, and 1,889 exploratory wells were drilled, a source in the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey told Trend.
During the reporting period, the total depth of exploration drilling reached 3,960,312 meters, according to the source.
“During the mentioned period, the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) drilled 943 exploratory wells with a total depth of 2,296,919 meters,” the source said.
The ministry noted that 61 wells with a total depth of 92,599 meters were drilled by the General Directorate of the Mineral Research and Exploration of Turkey (MTA), while 144 wells with a total depth of 167,303 meters were drilled by other domestic companies.
“As many as 546 exploratory wells with a total depth of 990,466 meters were drilled by foreign companies, while 195 wells were drilled by joint ventures and consortiums,” the ministry said.
During the reporting period (January-December 2018), 495 deposits were discovered by TPAO, 8 by MTA, 21 by other domestic companies, 304 by foreign companies and 91 by joint consortiums.
“In 2018, 91,991 sites with signs of hydrocarbons were discovered in Turkey,” the ministry said.
A law was passed in Turkey in April 2014, allowing oil exploration in forests and national parks.
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