Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), which brought 710 billion cubic meters of natural gas discovered in the Black Sea to land through pipelines, has now purchased a platform ship the size of 4 football fields to process the gas in the middle of the sea. The ship, which was purchased from Brazil and is in Singapore for modernization of its equipment, will be brought to Turkey in June 2025.
According to the information obtained; TPAO purchased a floating production platform from Brazil. The platform was sent to Singapore to be revised according to Turkey’s needs regarding natural gas production.
The platform in question will be 360 meters wide, in other words, approximately the size of 4 football fields.
According to Sabah news, With the floating platform, raw gas coming from the depths of the Black Sea will be processed in the middle of the sea and transported to land through new pipelines. Following the production of 10 million cubic meters within the scope of Phase-1, production with this platform will increase to 20 million cubic meters within the scope of Phase-2.
The ship-like platform will not have an engine and will be towed by ships and brought to Turkey. The platform will not only process raw gas at sea. There will be all kinds of living spaces on the platform for the technical personnel who will work on it. As the platform begins to be used, expert teams will be brought in from abroad. These expert teams coming from Norway will also provide training to Turkish teams. It was calculated that it would take approximately 5 years to build a similar platform from scratch, and that a revised platform would be approximately 60 percent more advantageous in terms of cost than a new platform. Authorities, who made the necessary calculations, therefore decided to purchase a second-hand similar platform and revise it.
The platform, which has been reworked according to Turkey’s needs, is expected to arrive in Turkey in June 2025. With this platform, Turkey will have its name written in an important place in the world league. It will be the 6th country to have this platform, after the USA, Russia, Brazil, Norway and Malaysia. It was also learned that the Turkish Flag was hoisted on the platform prepared in Singapore and the platform was decorated with a crescent and a star. Name suggestions for the platform have already started to be discussed.
IT MAY BE CALLED ‘REPUBLIC’
It is claimed that the platform may be named “Republic” on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Republic. It is stated that the final decision on the name will be made by President Erdoğan.