Turkey's oil exploration vessel will begin its researches in the Mediterranean on Monday afternoon, an executive said.
Prof.Dr. Huseyin Avni Benli, director of Dokuz Eylul University's Naval Sciences and Technology Institute, said the Piri Reis vessel was continuing its route towards the East Mediterranean.
"The vessel is expected to reach the research area in the afternoon and it will begin seismic studies there," Benli told AA correspondent.
Named after worldwide famous Ottoman captain, geographer and cartographer Piri Reis, the vessel weighed anchor from the Urla Port in the western province of Izmir on Friday for East Mediterranean to explore oil and natural gas.
Earlier this week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Dervis Eroglu of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) signed in New York an agreement on the delineation of the continental shelf between two countries in the East Mediterranean following a Greek Cypriot move to start offshore drilling for natural gas
and oil in the southeast of the Eastern Mediterranean island.
Built in Julius Diedrich shipyard in Germany in 1978, Piri Reis is able to carry out two-dimension seismic surveys for 20 days.
Turkey disputes an Cypriot-Israeli accord signed last year to create exclusive economic zones in the waters between them.
It also says that only Greek Cyprus should not be exploiting natural resources until a settlement is reached between the Greek Cypriot government and a Turkish Cypriot government for the reunification of the island, and that any revenues should benefit both communities.
In retaliation, Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot government signed their own continental shelf agreement on Wednesday, permitting state-run Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) to start exploration north of the island.
Noble Energy says that the eastern Mediterranean gas finds have been the world's biggest deepwater gas discoveries in the last decade, with a total of at least 25 tcf of gross mean resources.
Cypriot leaders have been negotiating to reunify the island since 2008.
AgenciesLast Mod: 26 Eylül 2011, 14:10