Total to begin operations soon in block 6 of Cyprus’ EEZ


French energy giant Total will soon begin operating in block 6 of Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) it was announced on Sunday evening after a meeting President Nicos Anastasiades had in Paris with the company`s Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanne and Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa division Elias Kassis.

Present at the meeting was Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, who is accompanying Anastasiades, on his working visit to France. On Monday Anastasiades will meet with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

According to an announcement issued by the presidency, in statements after the meeting, Christodoulides said that “it was a very constructive meeting during which the activities of the company in Cyprus were discussed, as a result of a recent drilling and future company plans in cooperation with the Italian ENI.”

It is positive that the company sees that prospects exist, and this is a clear vote of confidence in the Cypriot EEZ, the spokesman added.He said that the head of the company noted, during the meeting, that they will proceed with their plans in block 6, pointing out that this is a positive development.

Christodoulides also said that, following the discussion with Total it seemed that the issue of energy would be among the main topics to be discussed during Anastasiades` meeting with Macron.

Pouyanne said that this was his second meeting with Anastasiades, adding that they discussed the cooperation of the company with Cyprus, and the drilling they carried out during the summer.

He said Total will soon begin operations in block 6 and expressed the wish to make good discoveries in the near future to the benefit of Cyprus.