WorldOil:  Trillion to pursue three oil exploration blocks in Turkey near recent discoveries

Turkish President Erdogan’s claim of a major oil find in South East Turkey was widely ignored by the opposition press before the elections, but increasing production and recent developments such as foreing investment made the claim more plausible. Trillion Energy International Inc. has entered into a farm-in agreement with Derkim Poliüretan Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. to earn a 50% working and revenue interest in three oil exploration blocks (the “Oil Blocks”) comprised of 151,484 hectares (374,325 acres) within the newly defined Cudi-Gabar petroleum province, southeastern Turkey, reports WorldOil.


The Cudi-Gabar province is central to an active petroleum system extending up from Iraq and Syria, where Turkey’s portion contains several major oil fields, including Sehit Esma Cevik, discovered in 2022, and Sehit Aybuke Yalcin, discovered in 2023.


The Eastern Block (BlockM47C3, C4) is approximately 15 km by 30 km in size and is approximately 12 km from the newly discovered Sehit Aybuke Yalcin oil field at Mount Gabar, which contains a reported 1 Bbbl Original Oil in Place (“OOIP”), based on a discovery well which encountered a 162 meter thick reservoir with 41 API gravity oil. The Sehit Aybuke Yalcin oil field currently produces 10,000 bopd, which has been targeted to rise to 100,000 bopd. The Eastern Block is also 11 km from the Sehit Esma Cevik oil field, which contains a reported 250 MMbbl OOIP. The Sehit Esma Cevik oil field discovery was announced in December 2022, at which time 5 wells were producing 5,350 bopd and has been reported in May 2023 to be producing about 10,000 bopd.


Blocks M46C, D (the “Western Blocks”) farm-in are a combined area of approximately 30 km by 60 km and located approximately 30 km west of the Eastern Block. The northern boundary of the Western Blocks is approximately 5 km distance from the Raman oil field discovered in 1940 and which contains a reported initial 615 MMbbl of OOIP. The West Raman oil field discovered in 1961 initially contained a reported 1.85 Bbbl of OOIP, with peak production of 13,000 bopd. Additionally, there are numerous other oil fields surrounding these two blocks.


Trillion’s farm-in obligations (Sole Exploration Phase – 100% cost) are 351 km of 2D seismic, followed by drilling four oil exploration wells. The Sole Exploration Phase is expected to cost Trillion about $16 million. The Joint Exploration Phase will have six additional exploration wells drilled, but Trillion only pays 50% of the cost. A summary of the anticipated exploration work program is as follows:

During 2023, approximately 351 km of 2D seismic will be shot for a cost of approximately $ 4 million – Sole Exploration Phase – Trillion 100% cost

During 2024, four exploration wells are expected to be drilled for a 100% total cost of approximately $12 million – Sole Exploration Phase – Trillion 100% cost

During 2025, three additional exploration wells are expected to be drilled for a 100% total cost of approximately $ 9 million – Joint Exploration Phase – Trillion 50% cost

Arthur Halleran CEO of Trillion stated, “The oil field trend is expected to run through the northeast half of the Eastern Block which has yet to be explored. We are excited about the exploration opportunities considering recent discoveries made in the province proximate to the Eastern Block. Wells drilled to date in the southwest of our targeted area have good to very good oil staining and asphalt in the rocks.

This indicates a working petroleum system on the Eastern Block where oil has been generated and migrated within the system. There are 5 different Mesozoic reservoirs and 2 different Paleozoic reservoirs that have over 15 oil fields of note in surrounding blocks. This indicates oil generation which has migrated in vast amounts and as such, our exploration focus will be looking for traps. When you are surrounded by large, discovered oil fields, you know you are in elephant hunting grounds.”


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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.