Baku, Azerbaijan, May 30
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
During oil exploration operations conducted in Turkey in 2019, 5,063 exploratory wells were drilled, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey told Trend.
In the reporting year, the total depth of exploratory drilling operations exceeded 9.5 million meters.
“The Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) drilled 3,048 exploratory wells with a total depth of more than 6.1 million meters,” the ministry said.
According to the ministry, the organizations of Turkey’s Mineral Research and Exploration General Directorate (MTA) drilled 104 wells with a total depth of 133,386 meters; and 257 wells with a total penetration of 311,662 meters were drilled by the country’s other companies.
Some 1,312 exploratory wells with a total depth of over 2.2 million meters were drilled by foreign companies, and 342 wells by joint ventures and consortia.
From January through December 2019, TPAO identified 510 deposits, MTA - eight, other Turkish companies - 24, foreign companies - 306, and joint consortia - 93 fields.
In April 2014, a law allowing oil exploration in forests and national parks came into force in Turkey.
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