NATO members Turkey and Greece disagree over maritime jurisdiction and energy exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey said on Sept. 15 it had extended the operations of its Yavuz energy drillship in disputed Mediterranean waters offshore Cyprus until Oct. 12.
Energean is building an 8 billion cubic meter (Bcm) per year floating production vessel offshore Israel and has already sold 5.6 Bcm a year into the nation’s market.
NATO allies Turkey and Greece vehemently disagree over claims to natural gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean and the extent of their continental shelves.
Turkey and Greece, NATO allies, disagree over claims to hydrocarbon resources in the area based on conflicting views on the extent of their continental shelves in waters dotted with mostly Greek islands.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Reuters the Western alliance was considering so-called deconfliction measures to prevent naval accidents in an increasingly congested region.
Turkey and Greece disagree over natural gas reserves off Cyprus and the extent of their continental shelves.
Turkey has carried out natural gas surveys in the eastern Mediterranean
President Tayyip Erdogan said Aug. 13 that any attack on a Turkish ship exploring for oil and gas in disputed Mediterranean waters would incur a "high price."