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ANKARA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 09th March, 2023) Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez said on Wednesday that he expects the country’s citizens to start consuming gas from the Black Sea at the end of April or early May
“Thousands of our workers went to the area hit by the earthquake. Now they have returned and continued their work from where they stopped… Because of the earthquakes, temporary interruptions, but if God wills, we will provide gas to our citizens at the end of April or beginning of May,” Donmez was quoted by Turkish broadcaster TRT Haber as saying.
In 2020, Turkey discovered a huge Black Sea gas field, later named Sakarya, whose reserves are about 540 billion cubic meters (19 trillion cubic feet).
Ankara also discovered a new gas reserve off the Black Sea coast late last year. Together with the deposits reviewed in the Sakarya field, the country’s offshore gas reserves stand at 710 billion cubic meters, the equivalent of $1 trillion on the world market.
In February, two earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 hit the southeastern regions of Turkey within nine hours. Aftershocks followed by hundreds of aftershocks were felt in 11 Turkish provinces and in neighboring countries, with Syria being the most affected. Over 46,000 people have been confirmed dead in the disaster in Turkey alone, according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Thousands more died in Syria.