Turkey to reduce gas imports from Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.19 / Trend, A. Taghiyeva /
Gas supplies from Iran to Turkey, stopped because of an explosion on a gas pipeline between the two countries on Aug.11, was resumed the day before, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Ministry told Trend.
"Repair work has been completed, and immediately after gas supplies were resumed," the ministry said.
According to the ministry, in connection with resumption of gas supplies from Iran, Turkey will reduce gas purchase from Azerbaijan and Russia. The ministry did not disclose the volumes up to which the procurement will be reduced.
After the explosion on the gas pipeline gas supplies from the Azerbaijani field "Shah Deniz" to Turkey increased from six million cubic meters per day to 16 million cubic meters.
The explosion occurred on the gas pipeline in the Agri province (in eastern Turkey). Investigatory authorities consider attack by militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as the main version of the explosion.
Turkey received about 18 million cubic meters of gas per day from Iran via the exploded pipeline.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK has lasted for over 25 years, claiming over 40,000 lives. The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by both the UN and the EU.