Cyprus Mail

Cyprus issues NAVTEX for appraisal drilling in block 10

File photo: Hydrocarbons exploration platform near Cyprus coast

The Search and Rescue Centre (JRCC) issued a navigational warning (Navtex) concerning the appraisal well to be carried out by ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum in the “Glaucus” field in block 10 of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The appraisal well expected to be carried out between the end of November and early December marks the resumption of the hydrocarbon activities in the Cypriot EEZ following the disruption of the COVID pandemic. In its Navtex message, the JRCC notes that preparation works and drilling operations will be conducted from November 19 until January 30, 2022, in the area in question. The exploratory drilling carried out in 2019 in block 10 led to the discovery of the “Glaucus” field estimated to hold a natural gas reservoir of 5 to 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

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