May 23 2018

Turkey’s Energy Minister announces campaign to strike oil

Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak held a press conference on his country’s border with Iraq on Wednesday to announce a “mobilisation” to find oil in Turkey amid ongoing economic problems, Sabah newspaper said.

Albayrak, who is the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, first examined drilling work by the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) in the Çukurca area of Hakkari province in Turkey’s southeast, then announced that Turkey would intensify its exploratory drilling both on land and at sea.

“The region has long been talked about both for drilling for oil and as a spot for mining,” Albayrak said.

“This process will not end with the step that will form this well in Çukurca. A new era is starting. In this new era, we have started collecting gravity data very intensively with a plane in an area from Şemdinli to Cizre, and in the north from Van to Siirt.”

The area, comprising most of Turkey’s southeast, is demographically majority Kurdish, and an active insurgency has been continuing there since 2015.