One of the two research vessels of the American company ExxonMobil, whose purpose is to conduct exploration work on the shelf of Cyprus, goes towards Limassol, Cyprus Mail reports with reference to the data of the Marine Traffic service.
The Ocean Investigator ship left the port of Lavrion in Greece. He will arrive in Limassol for 48 hours. The second ExxonMobil research vessel is in the port of Haifa in Israel.
The purpose of the two vessels is to study the drilling sites for the subsequent search for gas off the coast of Cyprus, which the US corporation ExxonMobil intends to launch this year in the tenth area in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus.
Exploration drilling, according to ExxonMobil, will begin in August-September 2018.
It is not yet known how Turkey will react to ExxonMobil's plans and whether the court of the American company is waiting for the fate of the Eni-Saipem 12000 rig. As we reported earlier, Turkish warships blocked Saipem 12000 and the ship had to leave for Morocco. While Ankara did not complain about the drilling in the 10 block, it made it clear that it would hamper plans for the development of gas production in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus.
As we reported last week, US warships entered the Mediterranean. Their arrival was connected with the research work of ExxonMobil, but the US Navy denied this information.