Evaluation of Hydrocarbon Exploration Strategy of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin and Recommendations for Future Exploration Targets

Palabıyık Y., Özdemir A., Karataş A.

OECD Studies Conference of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Ankara, Turkey, 19 - 21 March 2020, pp.32-44

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.32-44
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, hydrocarbon exploration activities of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin are evaluated in terms of historical perspective and a technical point of view. In the drilling performed in the East Mediterranean Basin by Turkey, any economic hydrocarbon discovery could not be made by this time. However, the geological and geophysical data presented in this study indicate that the giant oil and gas reserves may be discovered in Antalya, Finike, Rodos, and İskenderun basins which are the sub-basins of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin. Consequently, it is foreseen that the current hydrocarbon exploration investigations may contribute to the success of discovery if they are shifted to the target areas suggested in this study.