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Re: noble energy

Released on 2012-03-01 18:00 GMT

Email-ID 123320
Date 2011-09-16 04:42:33
By all means talk to him. Itd be interesting to get his view. Turks are
out of control.

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From: Reva Bhalla
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:35:49 -0500 (CDT)
To: George Friedman
Subject: noble energy
As I'm sure you are aware, Noble energy is trying to drill in Greek Cyprus
waters, and Turkey is raising hell over it. Basically, because they can
since Greece is a mess right now anyway. The move to deploy frigates
seems to be part of this.

I was just talking to David (the bf), whose best friend's dad is the head
of Noble Energy. They were all having dinner in houston and the dad was
talking about how the Turks are creating a nightmare for them with this
whole warships thing. David was telling him about what I do, and how we do
a lot of work with Turkey, and the dad wants to talk to me about this.
Might turn into a business opportunity, you never know. But this family
has houses all over the world, the dad speaks 10 languages, living in
Cyprus right now, used to be in Quito and before that, Vietnam, has all
kinds of crazy connections and crazy dealings with shady people. I might
be able to learn some interesting things from him. And maybe we could help
them understand what the Turks are actually going to do...

Background on the issue that Emre wrote up earlier-

This is more of a summary of the current situation and questions that
arise from it. Please feel free to add your comments/questions before I
tap sources.

Below is the area where American Noble Energy is supposed to start
exploratory oil and natural gas drillings in early October according to
the right granted by Greek Cyprus in 2008. (Attention: Leviathan and Tamar
are Israeli wells, not Cyprus)

As far as energy matters are concerned, there is not much to say. Since no
exploration took place yet, there is no estimation of reserves that would
tells us how far Cyprus would be willing to push the deal. However, given
the gigantic reserves found in Israeli offshore fields, ita**s very
possible that the same would be the case for Cyprus. At least this is the
hope of Greek Cyprus.

As you know, Turkish Cyprus is only recognized by Turkey, whereas Greek
Cyprus is the official government of the entire island and a member of the
EU, which is not recognized by Turkey. So, this is an issue of national
sovereignty more than energy production, though Turkey does not want to
lose energy reserves as well.

What has happened so far;

Greek Cyprus side:

- Greek Cyprus FM sought political support in Israel. They keep saying
that Israel supports them, but I really doubt that Israel would get
involved in this controversy for Greek Cyprus while it is having its a)
own offshore reserves dispute with Lebanon b) troubles with Turkey.

- Greece is mostly quiet, for a good reason. Athens gives support to
Cyprus, though only rhetorical. I also have not seen any important
statement from the EU.

- Greek Cyprus says it will block energy chapter of Turkey/EU membership
negotiations. Greek Cyprus has already blocked eight chapters anyway and
membership talks are in coma. So, this threat does not mean anything for
Turkey. Even if it did, EU members have their own individual energy
dealings with Turkey.

- No statement from Noble Energy yet, neither from the US government.

Overall, Greek Cyprus has nothing that can stop Turkey.

Turkey side:

- Turkey says TPAO will start drillings there as well. I am not sure if
TPAO is able to do that on its own. Fourth well in the Black Sea oil
exploration project is operated by TPAO, but the platform is owned by
Petrobras. (to be replaced by ExxonMobil). So, this does not look very
credible to me.

- Most significant tool is, though, Turkeya**s decision to put military
options on the table to be used in eastern Med, seemingly against Israel.
Turkey never said it would use it against Cyprus, but if Turkey considers
eastern Med as its turf that it is ready to defend militarily, there is
not so much that Greek Cyprus can do to prevent it. This also increases
risks for Noble Energy when it comes to investment decisions.

- Turkish MFA also said today that Turkey and Turkish Cyprus agreed to
conclude a continental shelf delimitation agreement should the Greek
Cypriot administration proceed with offshore drilling activities in the
south of the island. Meaningless political/legal move.

Questions moving forward:

Noble Energy: What are the plans of Noble Energy? Are they planning to
move on with the deal? If so, how and when? Is there Noble Energy's
platform off Cyprus?

Turkey: Is Turkey floating the idea of using the military threat against
Cyprus? Can TPAO drill in southern Cyprus?

Cyprus: What are the options of Greek Cyprus? What can they do to move on?

Emre Dogru
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