In five marine and a land area that had been previously granted for hydrocarbon exploration, the processes for the exploration of the existence of deposits will proceed at a faster pace , it results from today’s meeting under the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis held in Ellinia.
These are the areas northwest of Corfu, Ionian and Kyparissia gulf, the sea areas West and Southwest of Crete, as well as Ioannina.
In the regions of Crete the research consortium consists of the companies Total, ExxonMobil and Hellenic Petroleum, while in Corfu the consortium Energean – ELPE is active, in the Ionian and Kyparissiakos the ELPE and in Ioannina Energean.
The other land areas in Western Greece that had been granted for research (Etoloakarnania, Arta – Preveza and NW Peloponnese) were returned to the Greek State, while the same direction is directed for the sea area of the western Gulf of Patras where the indications from that lead to the conclusion that there is oil and not gas.
In the Ionian and the Gulf of Kyparissia, the ELPE recently completed two-dimensional seismic surveys and now follows the interpretation of the data in order to determine the points where three-dimensional surveys will be carried out for greater clarity.
In the sea areas of Crete there is a court case pending appeals, while in Ioannina Energean plans to drill.