ExxonMobil Edges Closer To Cyprus Wells Despite Turkish Threats
The US super-major is preparing to sink back-to-back wells in Block 10, though Ankara shows little sign of toning down its sabre rattling, writes Gary Lakes in Nicosi
It is ExxonMobil’s turn to test the temperature of the East Mediterranean’s waters.
The Stena IceMax drillship is due to arrive in the southern Cypriot port of Limassol on November 12 and once outfitted it will proceed to Block 10, some 200 km southwest of the island, where it will drill two back-to-back wells.
Contracted by ExxonMobil, which was awarded a licence for the block by the Cypriot government in April 2017, the Stena IceMax has the capacity to drill in 10,000 feet (3,048 metres) of water. Its first well has been named ‘Delphinos’.
Attention will now turn to Turkey’s response to the new drilling schedule.