Mediterranean: Gas pressure rises a few bars

20 September 2011

Politis, 20 September 2011

Gas company "Nobel Energy began foraging in the Aphrodite zone of the Cypriot economic area," at the east of the island on September 19, says Cypriot daily Politis. "The first results" of this exploration of the Mediterranean seabed will be available in "15-20 days," the paper explains. The start of prospecting by the Texas-based firm, in a zone that Cyprus intends to exploit in cooperation with Israel, has increased tensions with Turkey. Quoted in the Turkish daily Zaman, the Turkish Minister of Energy warned that his country's navy could escort Turkish exploration ships that will also go to the contested zone to conduct competing foraging surveys.