Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 26 / Trend E.Ismayilov /
Azerbaijani gas supplies to Russia and Turkey are proceeding as normal, the Turkish Botas state pipeline company reported today.
A heavy blast took place along a pipeline transporting gas from Iran to Turkey on Tuesday evening in Eleshkirt in the Turkish province of Agri. Iranian gas supplies to Turkey were suspended as a result. Supplies to Turkey will resume in 7-8 days, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz was quoted by media as saying earlier.
"There are no problems with the pipelines, and gas supplies are carried out as normal," Botas said, adding that, "no complications are expected."
Azerbaijani supplies gas to Turkey under a contract on the Shah Deniz offshore gas condensate field. Based on the contract, Turkey receives an annual 6.6 billion cubic meters of gas during the field's first stage. The field's total reserves are estimated at 1.2 trillion cubic meters.
The contract to develop Shah Deniz was signed on June 4, 1996. Participants to the agreement are: BP (operator) - 25.5 percent, Statoil Hydro - 25.5 percent, NICO - 10 percent, Total - 10 percent, LukAgip - 10 percent, TPAO - 9 percent, and SOCAR - 10 percent.
Gas produced at Shah Deniz is transported to Turkey via the South Caucasus Pipeline. Its length is over 700 kilometers. The pipeline's power flow is more than 20 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
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