ENI ship blocked off Cyprus leaves

Will drill elsewhere says Cypriot minister
ENI ship blocked off Cyprus leaves
24 February 21:55 2018 Print This Article

An ENI drilling ship blocked by the Turkish navy off the southern coast of Cyprus for two weeks is leaving to carry out “other activities” for the Italian energy giant, Cypriot Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said Friday. The Saipem 12000 ship leased by ENI is now off the Cypriot port of Limassol for refuelling and will shortly leave for other drilling work.

Nicosia has denounced the presence of the Turkish Navy in its “exclusive economic zone” as a violation of international law.

Government sources in Nicosia said the Saipem 12000 wouldn’t be able to remain waiting in the area if the Turkish naval block were to be extended, because it is committed to other activities planned off the coast of Morocco in the month of March.

Based on estimates by industry professionals, costs to rent the drilling ship can reach a half-million euros per day.

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