Black Sea News


Turkey: Erdogan to Reveal Total Size of Black Sea Gas Discovery

Oct 15, 2020

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he will announce the total size of gas reserves found in the country's largest-ever discovery when he visits a drillship in the Black Sea on Saturday.In August, Erdogan hailed the discovery of a 320 billion cubic meter (bcm) (11…

Turkey to Send Another Drillship to Black Sea after Giant Gas Find

Sep 14, 2020

Turkey will send a second drillship to operate in the Black Sea, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez said on Sunday, weeks after Ankara announced its largest-ever natural gas discovery in the area.'Our drillship Kanuni, whose preparation work is continuing…

Giant Tuna Offshore Gas Find Could Save Turkey $21B

Sep 09, 2020

Turkey could save up to a whopping $21 billion in gas import costs with the development of it recently hit Tuna-1 gas discovery in the Black Sea, Norwegian energy intelligence firm Rystad Energy has estimated.As previously reported, Turkish…

OMV Petrom Enters Han-Asparuh Block in Black Sea

Sep 01, 2020

Romania's OMV Petrom has acquired a 100% of the shares in OMV Offshore Bulgaria OMV, and entered the Han-Asparuh exploration block in Bulgaria.Following Spanish Repsol's exit, the Bulgarian regulator approved the allocation of Repsol's 30% participating interest to the remaining two partners…

Encouraged by TPAO's Giant Gas Find, Trillion Energy to Drill Deeper at Black Sea Field

Aug 26, 2020

Black Sea-focused oil and gas company Trillion Energy has said it will drill deeper wells at its SASB gas field, encouraged by the recently announced giant deepwater gas find by the Turkish national oil and gas company TPAO, some 100 kilometers to the north…

Turkish Giant Offshore Gas Find 'Transformational', Woodmac Says

Aug 21, 2020

'Our Fatih drillship discovered 320 billion cubic meters of natural gas reserves, thanks to the drilling in the Tuna-1 well [...]. There is no stopping and resting for us until we become a net exporter in energy,' the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted on Friday…

Turkey Makes Significant Black Sea Gas Find

Aug 20, 2020

Turkey has found significant gas resources in the Black Sea, two Turkish sources said, a discovery which could help the country cut its dependence on energy imports if the gas can be commercially extracted.President Tayyip Erdogan told energy…

BRUA Pipeline at Risk Due to Delayed Romanian Black Sea Gas Projects

Jul 22, 2020

Romania's gas grid operator Transgaz will likely finalize work on a European Union-backed pipeline this year, but with no progress on tapping offshore gas reserves it may have little to transport, an energy regulator said on Tuesday.The pipeline to connect Bulgaria…

OMV Petrom Snaps Up Black Sea Block in Georgia

Jun 29, 2020

Romania's OMV Petrom has provisionally won the rights to explore for oil and gas in a Black Sea block off the coast fo Georgia.OMV Petrom said Monday it had been selected as the winner of the open international tender held by the Ministry of…

Bulgaria: Repsol Transfers Offshore Block Rights to Total, OMV

Jun 15, 2020

Bulgaria has granted Spain's Repsol permission to transfer 30% of the rights to explore a block off its Black Sea coastline for gas and oil to the other two rights holders.After the transfer, a unit of French oil company Total would hold 57…

Watch: Giant Offshore Rig Passing Under Bosphorus Bridges

Apr 16, 2020

Italian oilfield services company Saipem has shared a video of one of its offshore drilling rigs passing the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey, earlier this week.The Scarabeo 9, Saipem's semi-submersible drilling rig, on Monday crossed the Bosporus Strait for the fourth time in its history…

Turkish Drillship Gearing Up for Black Sea Drilling

Apr 10, 2020

Turkish national oil company TPAO's drillship Fatih is being prepared to move to the Black Sea to start drilling operations.The news was shared on social media both by TPAO and the country's energy minister Fatih DonmezDonmez on Thursday tweeted…

OMV Delays Romanian Offshore Project FID

Mar 13, 2020

Austrian oil and gas group OMV is again postponing an investment decision on its Black Sea exploration project and is now aiming for a decision next year at the earliest, its chief executive said on Friday.The exploration of the Black Sea Neptun…

Romania's Romgaz Eyeing Stake in Neptun Deep Offshore Project

Feb 18, 2020

Romania's Romgaz said it has agreed with OMV Petrom and Poland's PGNiG to make a joint offer for Exxon Mobil's 50% stake in a long-stalled offshore natural gas project in the Black Sea if the U.S. company decides to sell.State-owned Romgaz would…

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