Nicosia is in constant communication with Rome with regard to Turkish provocations in the Republic’s EEZ

The government of Cyprus is in constant communication with the government of Italy and Italian oil company ENI in connection with the new Turkish provocative moves in the Republics Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), according to reliable sources, which believe that Rome will resolve this issue.

The same sources have told CNA that last night SAIPEM 12000, which was on its way to block 3 and the target “Soupia”, was encumbered by vessels of the Turkish navy conducting drills in the area, something which forced SAIPEM 12000 to stop. Since then, Nicosia has been in continuous contact with the relevant Ministries of the Italian government and with ENI.

ENI seems to be determined to proceed with meeting the terms of its contracts, the same sources indicate.

The Cyprus government has also briefed other players in the international community, such as the European Union and the USA.

The same sources hope that the situation will soon be sorted out and SAIPEM will move towards its target.

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.

An intensive and detailed data collection (fluids and rock samples) has been executed on the well. Calypso 1 is a promising gas discovery and confirms the extension of the Zohr like play in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Additional studies will be carried out to assess the range of the gas volumes in place and define further exploration and appraisal operations.

Eni is the Operator of Block 6 with 50% of participation interest while Total is partner with the remaining 50%.

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.

Source: Cyprus News Agency