“Saipem drill ship at Point Zero in Cyprus EEZ. So far all according to plan. Results in 80 days,” wrote Minister of Energy Yiorgos Lakkotrypis on his personal twitter account on Tuesday evening.
Speaking to CNA President of Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company Toula Onoufriou, said that the drilling will begin very soon.
As she said, the ENI / KOGAS consortium has planned a series of exploratory drillings over the next 18 months. She noted that these will determine the sector’s development in Cyprus.
“Through this programme that has been accelerated, we expect to have sooner, more concrete results, which will allow us to have a clearer picture of the data, to take important decisions on the exploitation and the future of this industry in our country”, said Onoufriou.
The drilling in block 9 will be the first of the drillings included in the programme of the ENI-KOGAS consortium to blocks 2, 3, and 9 of Cyprus EEZ.
According to Onoufriou, a drilling at such a depth is expected to take about 80 days to be completed. After that, she added, the consortium will process the data and then there will be a clearer picture of the results of the drilling.