Ankara is nominally looking to cash-in on the potential gas riches of the East Mediterranean. However rushed deepwater drilling by state firm TPAO, with the help of Schlumberger suggests that staking a regional energy presence has so far trumped serious exploration efforts.

The country spudded its first ever deepwater well 100km off the coast of Antalya in November. Drilling continues with a total depth of 5,500ms targeted (MEES, 2 November 2018).

The well is being drilled using a...