New oil field discovered in southeastern Türkiye

In a significant development, the pro-government newspaper Sabah has reported the discovery of a substantial oil field in southeastern Türkiye, near the border with Iraq. According to the report, this newly found field could potentially hold oil reserves five times larger than the current largest field in Şırnak County, southeastern Anatolia, known as Gabar.

Preliminary surveys have already commenced in the region, specifically around Mount Kato, which is located between Şırnak and Hakkyari counties. Sabah’s sources suggest that the quality of the oil discovered in this field may rival that of Arab oil, renowned for being the world’s most valuable, with minimal impurities.

This discovery comes on the heels of Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s announcement in early May regarding the identification of a substantial oil field near the Gabar mountain range. Türkiye has been actively exploring for oil in the southeastern part of the country, an area that has been plagued by the presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its decades-long history of terrorist activities.

Notably, Türkiye has been intensifying its efforts in gas and oil exploration not only within its own territory but also in the Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean. These recent discoveries underscore Türkiye’s growing ambitions in the energy sector, aiming to bolster its domestic energy resources and reduce dependence on external suppliers.

The newfound oil field holds great potential for Türkiye, and further exploration and evaluation will be crucial to determine its exact scale and economic viability. As developments continue to unfold, the international community will be watching closely, considering the potential impact on regional dynamics and Türkiye’s energy landscape.

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