State-owned Turkish Petroleum (TPAO) has started drilling its latest ultra-deepwater exploration well in the Black Sea as it hunts for more gas reserves close to its major Sakarya gas project.

The Karasu-1 probe has just been spudded by TPAO’s Fatih drillship, according to Turkey’s Minister of Energy & Natural Resources Fatih Donmez, with results expected in April or May.

Since mid-2020, TPAO has discovered big volumes of gas — almost 20 trillion cubic feet — in its highly promising Black Sea acreage and has embarked on bringing Sakarya’s gas to shore in 2023.