Start of natural gas flow test from Iran to Turkey: Botaş


Tests of natural gas supplies from Iran to Turkey have started in limited quantities, which will ease natural gas cuts in the country’s industrial sector from January 31, Turkey’s national gas pipeline operator said. Botas.

Iran has confirmed that it will not send natural gas to Turkey from January 20 for 10 days due to technical problems at the Gürbulak gas entry point on the Turkish-Iranian border.

In response and to ensure a fair balance between supply and demand, Botaş implemented a 40% reduction in electricity to gas for its industrial consumers.

The public operator further confirmed that by January 31, it would only cut gas supplies by 20% to industrial users.

Meanwhile, power cuts in industrial areas ended on January 29, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources announced.
“We thank the industrialists for their indulgence and cooperation in this period,” the ministry said.

Turkey has to meet the growing demand for gas due to record consumption in extremely cold weather conditions. The country’s natural gas consumption hit a daily record of 290 million cubic meters on January 20.

The Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK) estimated that the country’s natural gas consumption will reach 60.04 billion m3 this year, according to a decision published in the Official Gazette on January 28.

Currently, the daily gas flow to Turkey amounts to about 270 million cubic meters, of which the TurkStream and Blue Stream gas pipelines transmit 90 million cubic meters from Russia.

The Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) transports 17.3 million cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas daily, while a spot market agreement with Azerbaijan covers 7 million cubic meters.

The country’s underground gas storage facilities supply about 45 million m3.

The ministry secures remaining capacity through its liquefied natural gas (LNG) and floating LNG facilities.

Azerbaijan’s state oil company, SOCAR, has agreed to import additional quantities of natural gas into Turkey amid reduced flow from Iran, which provides almost 10% of the daily natural gas needs of the country. Turkey.

Turkey generates almost a third of its electricity from gas-fired power plants.


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