By Constantin Radut
A discovery of natural gas in the Black Sea, announced by Turkey, about three days ago, is making waves in specialized media in Romania.
The gas reserve that gas i boasts of discovering in the Black Sea, at great depths, at the intersection of Romanian-Bulgarian-Turkish territorial waters is just the figure that Turkey uses as propaganda in its battle to regain the prestige of the Ottoman Empire in Eastern Mediterranean.
The figure of 320 billion cubic meters of gas is only in the records of the Turkish Ministry of Energy. No one can verify whether it is true or not. Moreover, for the commercial capitalization of such a quantity of gas, Turkey has no expertise and no experience. On the contrary, Romania was the pioneer of the discoveries and capitalization of natural gas in the Black Sea, both in the Romanian territorial waters and in those of Turkey.
Therefore, it is exaggerated what an obscure federation in Bucharest, The Oil and Gas Employers’ Federation, says now that Romania will have to pray to Turkey to trade gas fields in Neptun Deep or other areas of exploitation of the Sea. Black. The spokesman of this organization stated that “… an active presence of Turkey in the vicinity of Romanian deposits could make this country bordering the Black Sea a possible partner in carrying out Romanian projects, a partner that also holds the key to entry and exit to offshore platforms, says the expert “.
This will never happen because Turkey is playing the big card of Ottoman nationalism. Ankara is using every opportunity to boycott the work of other states in the region. Especially in terms of energy resources.
A Romanian expert in the field told us how, last year, the Scarabeo 9 platform had big problems crossing the Bosphorus due to the harassment of the Turkish authorities.
Romania’s definite reserves are over 200 cubic meters of gas from great depths and almost as large in the shallow waters of the Black Sea.
The conjuncture caused by the Covid-19 pandemic affected the profile industry, as well as other industries. Gas demand has fallen, prices have fallen sharply and investment is no longer encouraging. For now.
We must be optimistic and realize that the discovery announced by Turkey is not only propagandistic, but also belligerent. Turkey’s drilling vessels have violated or are violating bilateral relations with Greece and incite a boycott by the great Western powers.
It could also be from Russia. So far, Moscow has reacted neither positively nor negatively to Turkey’s “great discovery.”
By Constantin Radut