Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the discovery of a new oil field in the southeast of the country with a production capacity of 100,000 barrels per day.
Erdoğan attended the joint opening ceremony of Karapınar Solar Power Plant and other newly-completed projects in Konya and emphasized that the said oil field is located in Cudi, Gabar area of Şırnak province, and added: "Türkiye will export energy from now on. We have now begun producing oil from cement-covered areas allegedly devoid of oil, which had to be abandoned due to terrorism. Türkiye can increase its production capacity to 100 thousand barrels per day by drilling 100 wells in this region."
Erdoğan named the oil well discovered in Gabar after Aybüke Yalçın, a teacher who, according to Ankara, was killed by the PKK, which is designated as a separatist and terrorist organization by the Turkish government.
Erdoğan said, "The area where the Aybüke Yalçın oil well is located will produce as much as all other oil wells in Türkiye combined. This oil reserve, located 20 kilometres from Cizre, has high-quality oil. With daily oil production of 180 thousand barrels from this field, Türkiye will take a significant step toward energy independence. In the energy sector, Türkiye will no longer be a party in need but rather an exporting one."