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Turkish president: New gas reserves found in Black Sea

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit drill ship Fatih Saturday to announce size of new gas reserves

Close on the heels of a historic find this summer, Turkey has discovered additional natural gas reserves in the Black Sea, the nation’s president announced Wednesday in the capital Ankara.

The find will be officially announced this Saturday, from the deck of the drill ship Fatih, where “we will personally witness the efforts on site and announce the amount of the new reserves,”Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the parliamentary group of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party.

The announcement this August of 320 billion cubic meters in Black Sea reserves by the drill ship Fatih made Turkey “very happy,”followed by today’s additional good news, he said.

Following this summer’s find, when the Fatih discovered the TUNA-1 well in the Sakarya Gas Field, around 170 kilometers (106 miles) off Turkey’s northern coast, Turkish officials had said more reserves might be found soon.

The discovery was the biggest in Turkey’s history. Officials have said the gas from the well would be ready for public use in 2023.

Anadolu Agency

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