U.S. ship begins oil operations off Turkey coast

A ship from U.S.-based Rowan Companies has begun oil drilling operations off Turkey’s Mediterranean coast near the city of Mersin, Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday.

The drillship Rowan Norway is in Mersin to conduct test drilling, according to the Turkish Naval Forces' Office of Navigation, Hydrography and Oceanography (SHOD). Operations will be held off Mersin's coast from Nov. 14 thru mid-January.

Turkish Petroleum signed a contract on Sept. 24 with Rowan Companies to drill two hydrocarbon wells for an estimated period of 100-140 days, Anadolu said.

Rowan is a global provider of contract drilling services with a fleet of 27 mobile offshore drilling units. It operates in areas such as the Gulf of Mexico, the U.K. and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea and the Middle East.