Iran suspends gas export to Turkey
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 25/ Trend A. Qurbanova/
Iran has suspended gas export to Turkey on Thursday night for the third time due to BOTAŞ Petroleum Pipeline Corporation's request, Mehr News Agency reported.
The Turkish company requested to suspend gas exports in order to inspect the gas pipeline and resolve possible flaws in the route. The National Iranian Gas Company agreed to temporary halt gas exports.
Iran 's gas export to Turkey was suspended in mid August due to an explosion in the pipeline. Tehran and Ankara signed a contract in 1996 for annual export of 10 billion cubic meter of gas from Iran for 25 years.
Iran exported 6.8 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey in last solar year (ended on March 20,2011) and it is forecasted to increase up to 10 billion cubic meters. While the construction of the third and fourth parts of Iran's sixth general pipeline will enable to transfer 90 million cubic meters of gas per day to Turkey and other countries.