Turkey’s Oruc Reis exploration vessel would continue to carry out seismic surveys in a disputed part of the eastern Mediterranean until August 27th, the country said on Sunday August 23rd.
Turkey and Greece disagree strongly over claims to hydrocarbon resources in the area. They have conflicting views on the extent of their continental shelves in waters, which consist of many Greek islands. The EU has sided with its member, Greece, while NATO, to which both country’s belong, has a difficult path to travel.
Earlier in August Turkey said that the Oruc Reis would conduct seismic exploration until August 23rd. Greece has called the survey illegal.
The Turkish navy’s new advisory on Sunday also stated that the Ataman and Cengiz Han would continue until August 27th.
Seismic surveys are part of preparatory work for potential hydrocarbon exploration. On Friday Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan announced the discovery of a 320bn m3 gas field, the largest such find in Turkish history.