Ankara, May 3 (BNA): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a new discovery of new oil reserves in the eastern region of the country.
The president said at the inauguration ceremony of the Karapinar solar power plant and other newly completed projects in the central province of Konya, according to Anadolu Agency.
Erdogan said that the newly discovered oil near Sirnak province “has a high-quality structure,” and stressed that “Turkey will no longer depend on others for energy, but will become an energy exporter.”
The oil discovered at a depth of 2,600 meters (8,530 feet) will be extracted “by 100 wells and will cover a tenth of our daily consumption”.
Erdogan also announced that the oil well in Jabbar was named after a young music teacher, Aybek Yalcin, who was killed in a PKK terrorist attack in 2017 in southeastern Turkey.
Yalcin, 22, died of her injuries after a brazen attack on the car of the mayor of Kozluk district in Batman province on June 9, 2017. She was traveling in a minibus that was part of the convoy.
He added, “It is hoped that our new field, the Shahid Aypek Yalcin-1 well, will provide more oil than is produced throughout the country.”
Regarding the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, Erdogan said that his country would be able to meet 10% of its energy needs from the plant, and announced that a second nuclear power plant might be built in Sinop.
Erdogan vowed to remove terrorism from Turkey’s agenda, and said that his country would overcome all obstacles that prevent Turkey from placing the country’s wealth at the disposal of the nation.
In its more than 35-year campaign of terror against Turkey, the PKK – which has been listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.