The Italian foreign ministry is following “at the highest levels“ the case of Italian energy giant ENI`s drillship in the eastern Mediterranean, which was halted Saturday by a Turkish Navy ship and will take call possible steps to resolve the issue.
Saipem 12000 has planned drilling operations on behalf of ENI in Block 3 in the waters of the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus.
According to a news report from ANSAmed, drillship Saipem 12000 was on its way to start its activity under a license provided by Cyprus. It is now
staying put while awaiting instructions.
The Italian FM said it is in contact with the Italian embassies in Turkey and Cyprus while pursuing “all possible diplomatic steps to resolve the issue“.
ENI has been present in Cyprus since 2013 and detains interests in six licenses located in the EEZ of Cyprus (in Blocks 2, 3, 6, 8, 9 and 11), five of which are operated.
On Thursday, ENI announced that it has made a lean gas discovery in Block 6 Offshore Cyprus with Calypso 1 NFW. The well, which was drilled in 2,074 meters of water depth reaching a final total depth of 3,827 meters, encountered an extended gas column in rocks of Miocene and Cretaceous age. The Cretaceous sequence has excellent reservoir characteristics.
The Cyprus government has briefed other players in the international community, such as the European Union and the USA .