Turkey's drillship Kanuni sails on the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 13, 2020. Kanuni sailed from Istanbul on Friday to the Black Sea to start its first mission, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez announced. (Photo by Osman Orsal/Xinhua)
ISTANBUL, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's drillship Kanuni sailed from Istanbul on Friday to the Black Sea to start its first mission, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez announced.
Kanuni will carry out drilling activities at the Sakarya Gas Field off the northern province of Zonguldak after having some maintenance at the Port of Filyos at the province, Donmez said at a ceremony at Istanbul's Haydarpasa Port before the vessel's departure.
The ship will begin its first drilling in the first months of 2021, according to the minister.
To be able to pass under the three bridges of the Bosphorus Strait, the ship towers had been dismantled at Haydarpasa Port.
Turkey's Fatih drillship, which has recently discovered 405 billion cubic meters of natural gas reserves, is currently conducting drilling activities in the Turkali-1 well in the same gas field. Enditem