Turkey has discovered 135 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the Black Sea on Friday, bringing the total find in the region to 540 billion cubic meters, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Friday.
"Our Fatih drill ship has discovered a new natural gas reserve of 135 billion cubic meters in the Amasra-1 well in the Sakarya Gas Field," President Erdoğan stated at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Filyos Port and Natural Gas Operating Facility in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak.
President Erdoğan also stated that natural gas would be transported from offshore to onshore in three phases.
The first stage will include the establishment of natural gas production utilities on the seabed, followed by the launch of a natural gas processing facility onshore.
In the third stage, the pipeline to connect subsea utilities to the onshore facility will be established, Erdoğan noted.
Last year, Turkey's Fatih drill ship discovered 405 bcm of natural gas in the western Black Sea region's Sakarya field, in the country's biggest discovery.
Filyos Port Project
Filyos Port is one of the crucial facilities slated to propel Turkey into a slot among the top ten economies in the world, President Erdoğan stated at the inauguration ceremony of the port.
"We began to see indicators of export figures exceeding the USD 200 billion benchmark by the end of the year," President Erdoğan said, emphasizing that it would make a significant contribution to the country's exports with an annual capacity of 25 million tons.
“Serving as Turkey's Black Sea's exit gate, Filyos Port will not only alleviate the strain on the Marmara ports and straits, but will also allow foreign trade from Central Asia and the Black Sea to reach the south and the Middle East via our railway network," Erdoğan pledged.
The Filyos Industrial Zone is Turkey's first mega industrial zone. It has an area of approximately 600 hectares and is located in the heart of the Filyos Valley.