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Turkey's Black Sea Natural Gas Discovery: Brief History and Implications

Enerji Talebini Öldüren Bir Virüs: Koronavirüs'ün Etkilri

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- Bilkent Energy Policy Research Center

- Bilkent Energy Policy Research Center

Abstract

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on 20 August 2020 the discovery of a large gas field in the Sakarya Block, located 175 km offshore Ereğli, in the Black Sea. This article aims to elaborate on the importance of this discovery for Turkey from a historical perspective, discuss the questions raised following the announcement, and examine its possible implications.