Turkish daily Milliyet newspaper (11.08.17), on its front page under the title “We will be more aggressive in the Mediterranean”, reports that Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak, referring to the drilling activities for natural gas and petrol, alleged: “The Mediterranean is not the lake of no one. It is a place that Turkey has rights based on the international law. If there will be serious explorations there, we will also be more active. We will be there with our engineers in the new period. We could also carry out this issue (drilling activities) in cooperation with other countries”.
Albayrak sent important messages on Turkey’s energy agenda in a live broadcast on the Turkish channel HaberTurk TV.
Albayrak further claimed: “We will put in use our own drilling ship within the last quarter of this year. We will do our first drilling in 2018. We are forced to be more aggressive on natural gas and oil in the Mediterranean. We will be more active both in land and in sea for oil and natural gas explorations”.
Moreover, Turkish daily Sabah newspaper (online, 11.08.17) reports that Albayrak, stating that the operational nuclear power plants will be greatly beneficial for the energy needs of the industry, said that Turkey will be more active in the realization of nuclear projects.
“Before the end of this year, we will lay the ground for the construction of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant. The efficiency of nuclear energy exceeds 90%,” Albayrak said and cited the partnership with Japanese firms on the construction of the second nuclear power plant in the Black Sea city of Sinop. He also announced that between 2023 and 2030, Turkey will put three nuclear power plants – the Akkuyu, Sinop and one other whose location has not been officially announced yet – into operation. These nuclear power plants, once operational, are planned to meet 10% of the country-wide electricity consumption, the Minister argued.