Turkish ship to drill for oil and gas in Mediterranean -minister

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A Turkish ship will start drilling for oil and gas in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said, a move that could create tensions with neighbouring Cyprus and Greece over jurisdiction.

Turkish drilling vessel Fatih is pictured off the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, Turkey October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Kaan Soyturk

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ANTALYA, Turkey: A Turkish ship will start drilling for oil and gas in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said, a move that could create tensions with neighbouring Cyprus and Greece over jurisdiction.

Attempts to tap gas and oil in the eastern Mediterranean, along with a dispute over Greece's maritime borders, have recently caused friction between Athens and Ankara.

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Turkey and the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot government in Cyprus have overlapping claims of jurisdiction for offshore oil and gas research in the eastern Mediterranean, a region thought to be rich in natural gas.

Speaking at a ceremony for the launch of the drilling ship "Fatih", Donmez said it would begin drilling at the Alanya-1 borehole, located 100 kilometres (60 miles) off the southern province of Antalya and 60 kilometres off Antalya's Alanya district.

"Turkey has set its main goal as independence in energy," ....

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