Skip to comments.Turkey threatens the major prospects for Eastern Med gas supply (Beware Russia blocking Med gas)
Posted on 10/12/2015 7:34:22 AM PDT by Titus-Maximus
As Europe seeks to diversify its sources of natural gas as an alternative to the politically sensitive Russian supply, a massive off-shore gas source in the Mediterranean is ready for exploration and drilling. There are game-changing stakes at play. Unfortunately, the Turkish leadership has threatened to use force to stop this from happening. Last October, Turkey sent the BARBAROS, its geophysics exploration ship, accompanied by naval vessels, into the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone waters. In November 2014, Turkish naval commander Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu threatened the use of force against Greece, while speaking on board a Turkish naval corvette in Greek waters. This is not the first time Turkey has caused such disruptions: In February 2014 the Turkish military declared that the Norwegian ship, M/V Princess, was conducting geological surveys in the southern part of Cypriot territorial waters. The Norwegian seismic exploration vessel was then chased out by a Turkish warship, the TCG Giresun F-491, which forced the Norwegian geophysics ship to leave the Turkish-controlled zone. The Norwegian ship was operating on behalf of Cyprus in its search for oil and gas in the Eastern Mediterranean. However, Turkey does not recognise Cyprus as a sovereign country and is attempting to block Cypriot oil and gas exploration, claiming the share of Turkish Cypriots in any hydrocarbon wealth. Ankara absurdly claims that energy developments off-shore of Cyprus are undermining the peace negotiations.
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This new found natural gas in the Eastern Med will changes things by giving Europe a new huge source of gas. The Russians have to take this supply or block it. Now I see why their fighters are in Syria.
Watch out for Jumpin Jack Flash
I was crowned with a spike right thru my head.
But it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas!
But it’s all right, Im jumpin jack flash,
Its a gas! gas! gas!
Don’t forget the massive new discoveries in Israel, both on and offshore...
Massive is only a hopeful description for a field that has not been explored by drilling.
Development of the Leviathan and Aphrodite natural gas fields is a potential game-changer for the Eastern Mediterranean and for Europe. These vast reserves are sufficient to supply Europe with 10 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas a year, for 30 years.
Reserves do not equal production rates.
The correct use of the description "Massive" in this article should be used in the Over-statements and hype.
Turkey needs to be kicked out of NATO. And then Cyprus.