The Eni-Total consortium may proceed with its next drilling in the Cypriot EEZ within this month, We hope as soon as the drilling rig that will be used has completed its work in Egypt, said today, Thursday, the Minister of Energy of Cyprus, Natasa Pileidou.
The Cypriot Minister of Energy clarified that ExxonMobil – Qatar Energy is starting seismic surveys during the summerprobably in June, for block 5, and possibly some parts of block 10. At the same time, he noted that “Cyprus is now part of the framework for the EU ‘s energy dependence on Russian gas.”
In her statements and answering questions from journalists on the sidelines of the Famagusta Business Forum, Ms. Pileidou said that “there are developments on the part of Eni-Total, which consortium will proceed with its next drilling in this month, we hope as soon as the drilling rig that will be used will have completed its work in Egypt “.
He added: “We definitely hope that there will be positive results, but in any case Eni-Total will probably go ahead and with a second drilling in 2022 “.
He added that contacts with the EU are ongoing “and that Cyprus is now part of the framework for the EU’s energy dependence on Russian gas, and we hope that we will have developments in that area very soon.”
Asked about the purchase of drilling rigs from Turkey, Ms. Pileidou said that “this does not stop our energy plans”. “Certainly the support of the EU and the inclusion of Cyprus, Israel and Egypt in a specific plan for the contribution of gas to the EU is a very important development, which we believe will help accelerate our program and we hope that it will we have developments with the other companies as well “, he added.
He added that “ExxonMobil – Qatar Energy will start seismic surveys in June, probably in the summer, for block 5, and possibly some points in block 10 where some additional information is needed.”
“So we see that there is mobility and things are moving in a positive direction,” said the Minister of Energy.