Turkey's state-owned energy company TPAO will sign an agreement with Shell on February 14 for exploration of oil fields in the Black Sea, Turkish NTVMSNBC TV channel said.
Initially, the companies will conduct drilling operations at one of the wells. The number can then be increased to several units.
Turkey is actively searching for oil fields in order to reduce dependence on oil products from overseas. Earlier, in January this year reserves of high quality oil were discovered at the Magrip field in the Turkish province of Siirt Kurtalan.
In 2011, following the launch of work by Nicosia (Cyprus) on development of the shelf along the island's coast divided into Greek and Turkish parts, Turkey together with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus began exploring for oil and gas in the special economic zone of Northern Cyprus.
In addition, the country is conducting oil exploration in the Black Sea and Mediterranean.