Explosion on gas pipeline in Turkey does not affect ‘Shah Deniz’ field’s production (UPDATE)

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.4 / Trend, A.Taghiyeva, E.Ismayilov /

An explosion took place on the section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline in the Turkish province of Kars, which supplies gas from Azerbaijan to Turkey, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday.

As BP Azerbaijan (technical operator of "Shah Deniz") told Trend, at the request of Turkish pipeline company Botas gas supply to the company's system was suspended.

The "Shah Deniz" Platform is not stopped, and gas is supplied to Azerbaijan, Georgia and the pumping stations of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline in normal mode - 24 hours a day.

Cause of the explosion has not yet been established. Representatives of the Turkish Botas are involved at the scene.

Last time the explosion hit this pipeline on May 29, 2012.

Repairs can take from three to seven days, Botas said.

Turkey has a contract for supply of 6.6 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas annually from the "Shah Deniz" field via South Caucasus Pipeline.

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