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Turkey to sign oil, gas deal with Shell

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Latest update : 2011-11-16

Turkey’s energy minister said Wednesday his country is hoping to sign a deal with Shell next week for oil and gas exploration. The move comes after the Cypriot government struck a deal with US energy firm Noble for gas exploration off Cyprus.

AP - Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says the country is hoping to sign a deal with Shell next week to explore for land and offshore oil and gas resources.

Turkey has recently carried out seismic search for fuel sources in the Mediterranean in retaliation for a Greek Cypriot search, which Turkey opposes on the ground that it undermines the rights of Turkish Cypriots.

U.S. firm Noble Energy said Tuesday that exploratory drilling off the coast of Cyprus may yield between 3 to 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

It is not clear where a joint search with Shell would concentrate but Turkey and Greece also have long-running disputes over delineating the Mediterranean and Aegean seas for exploration.
 

Date created : 2011-11-16

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