Europe is looking for an alternative to Russian gasTurkish press reported.
Providing gas of Israel via Turkey to Europe is being seen as an alternative to Russian energy supplies, Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak reported on May 16.
“Israeli gas is considered an option, the route of Israeli gas is planned through Turkey, through the Eastern Mediterranean,” the newspaper reported.
Accordingly, in the event of a European agreement to buy gas from Israel instead of Russian gas, “it is expected that the Turkish ship will be on duty during the transportation phase”.
The report also highlights that “with a focus on deep-water drilling to extract oil and natural gas from the sea, Turkey has included in its fleet a fourth drilling fleet”.
A new drilling vessel aimed at exploiting oil and natural gas in the sea left Korea on March 7, and is expected to arrive in Turkey on May 19.
“A new generation ship will operate in the Eastern Mediterranean, scheduled to begin its first mission in July after two months of preparation. The new ship will facilitate deep-sea exploration and dredging in the Mediterranean,” pointed out Yeni Şafak.
The ship can operate at depths of up to 3,600m and is capable of drilling up to 12,200m deep.
In March, the media reported that the Turkey-Israel gas pipeline was being discussed behind the scenes as one of the Russian energy alternatives of Europe. The idea of getting gas from Israel was conceived many years ago. Accordingly, an undersea pipeline will connect from Turkey to Israel’s largest offshore gas field Leviathan.
Gas will follow this pipeline to Turkey and to Southern Europe with the aim of diversifying supply for Europe, getting rid of dependence on Russian gas.
With this European alternative to gas, however, energy industry officials warn of production constraints and geopolitical factors that could cause the plan to fail. Lebanon has stated that gas field Leviathan extends to the waters of this country.