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Block 11 drilling plans proceed

Intensive preparations are underway in the government ahead of the planned drilling in Block 11 in the Republic of Cyprus’ EEZ, with government officials saying that the state of the Cyprus problem talks has not affected energy plans.

The drilling vessel “West Capella” which will conduct the drilling on behalf of French energy giant Total is expected to arrive in Cyprus waters on July 12.

It will be based in Limassol, however, the vessel will immediately go to the location of the drilling.

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Turkey reactions
It is at the moment unclear what Turkey’s reaction will be to the drilling. The location of the drilling is not within the sections of Cyprus’ EEZ which are questioned by Turkey. However, Turkey has expressed on multiple occasions its opposition to drilling taking place without the participation of the Turkish Cypriot community.

President Nicos Anastasiades has repeated that the failure of the Cyprus problem talks in Crans-Montana will not affect the energy plans of the Republic of Cyprus.

The government estimates that Turkey will limit herself to react by sending the vessel Barbaros or some other naval vessel in Cyprus’ EEZ, as was the case in previous drillings. No interventions are expected in the work of the “West Capella”.

Total executives have already contacted the French Foreign Affairs Ministry which has in turn made contacts with the Turkish side to ensure that drilling in Block 11 proceeds.

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