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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said that Turkey has discovered significant natural gas reserves in the Black Sea.

“Our Fatih drilling ship has discovered 320 billion cubic meters of natural gas reserves in Tuna-1 well,” Erdogan said in a televised speech from the Dolmabahce Palace here.

“Turkey has made the biggest natural gas discovery in its history,” he noted, adding that new natural gas discoveries in the same region would be highly likely in the near future, Xinhua news agency reported.

“We aim to provide the Black Sea gas to use in 2023,” he added.

The Fatih vessel started its drilling activities in late July in an exploration zone known as Tuna-1 off the northern Zonguldak province in the Black Sea region.

The Turkish leader also said Turkey would accelerate its drilling activities in the Mediterranean Sea.

“We hope to have similar good news from the Mediterranean as well,” he stressed, noting that his country would not cease its efforts until it would be a net energy exporter.

“We are determined to fully resolve our energy issue,” the President stressed.

Turkey and its NATO ally Greece have long been at odds over the energy resources in the Mediterranean as Ankara has been opposing the drilling efforts of several countries there without its involvement.

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said the analysis revealed that the quality of the discovered gas in the Black Sea is remarkably high.

“This will have a positive impact on the costs in the upcoming period,” Donmez said in a live broadcast from the Fatih vessel.

The Minister also noted that another 6,000 square kilometres of seismic work would be carried out in the region to discover more gas.

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  1. Turkey in spotlight during August 2020 on two counts.
    Turkey has attracted global attention on two counts in the month of August 2020. Count number one is the exploration of oil-gas in Mediterranean sea in an area disputed by Greece. According to news reports , Greece and Egypt signed a deal on 6 August 2020 , to set up a maritime zone in the eastern Mediterranean for exploring energy resources. This seems to have enraged Turkey which is reported to have sent on 10 August 2020 its drilling ship to the disputed territory in the eastern Mediterranean sea for exploration of energy resources. Amid high tensions , Greece is reported to have brought their grievance to Foreign Affairs Council in the EU for appropriate solution. The news reports also suggest that Greece has also moved its naval fleet to the eastern Mediterranean , seeking , direct or indirect , support of Israel , the US and EU. France has already deployed some ships and military jets in the affected area. latest developments of strategic nature having military angle have shaped up on or around 19 August , 2020 , when the U.S. warship , the USS Hershel Woody Williams , reportedly arrived in the Greek Island of Crete , on a mission to keep an eye on escalating tensions between NATO allies Greek and Turkey over energy resources rights in the eastern Mediterranean sea. The said U.S. warship is reported to have joined other vessels from the European Union and Russia in the region , where Ankara and Athens are locked in the dispute over territorial waters. European Union has urged Turkey to de-escalate the tension.
    Count number two is the discovery of highest ever gas reserve by Turkey around 19 August , 2020 , off the Black Sea. The discovery was reported in the news on 21 August 2020. Turkey is reportedly expecting to commence production by year 2023. It may be mentioned here that Turkey meets its gas demand by importing from countries like Iran and Russia. The exploration was commenced in July 2020 while the discovery has come as a great boon for Turkey creating hopes of much-needed huge relief. If the brilliant accomplishment of the discovery is described as ‘pain –killer’ , it may not be out of place.
    Briefly speaking , Turkey is locked in war-like scenario in the Mediterranean sea in August , 2020 with Greece in one situation while in other situation , it has got a great boon of discovery of huge gas reserve off Black Sea during the same month. These two separate and distinct situations for Turkey look to be corresponding to this Vedic astrology writer’s predictive alerts in article – “ Planetary configuration in August -September 2020 suggest something historic , something rare” – published at on 20 July , 2020. In other words , the predictive alerts of this writer for more care and appropriate strategy in article published on 20 July 2020 are found confirmed in full by the two situations in Turkey during August 2020.
    The text of predictive alerts in this writer’s article published on 20 July 2020 becoming relevant to aforesaid two counts in August , 2020 in relation to Turkey , reads like this :-
    “ The world looks to be getting together in two separate and distinct camps. One camp claims believing in or advocating social-cum-universal sort of philosophy. The other camp appears to be one whose key theme is expansionism. Yes , these two camps look to be pitted against each other during August-September 2020 , getting drawn to something like a mini WW3 if not a full-fledged WW3………………………………………………………Planetary configuration in two months , particularly during 10 August to September , suggest heightening of tension between the two camps accompanied by war-like strategies. This circumstance can pave way for big-war including mini-war or compromise -settlement. In both the situations , the dates 10 , 11 , 19 , 20 , 27 , 28 and 29 in August are closely relevant. Similarly , the dates 6 , 7 , 8 , 15 , 16 , 17 , 24 and 25 are also relevant.
    The period from 10 August to 10 September in 2020 is also the time when some tangible and solid news by way of drug and vaccine to effectively fight the novel coronavirus ( Covid-19 ) can come. The nature of the period can be described as sufferings-killer or anti-dot to sufferings or pain”.
    The predictive alerts of this Vedic astrology writer in article published on 20 July , 2020 , referred to here in the present article , are also seen becoming precisely relevant in South China Sea during August 2020 where tensions between some countries including the U.S. , and China are high , suggesting something like war. Tension between China and India in border at Ladakh and elsewhere also continue to linger , growing worrisome by the day.


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