Gazprom says Ankara requested increase in gas supplies after explosion hits pipeline between Turkey, Iran
ANKARA/MOSCOWThe Turkish side has requested Gazprom to boost gas supplies from Russia due to suspension of deliveries from Iran, the company said in a press release on Oct. 28, as reported by TASS.
“The request for Oct. 28 has been raised by 9.3 percent to 82.1 million cubic meters per day. Similar to previous cases Gazprom will fulfill the request and supply additional volumes of gas to Turkey,” the report said.
The flow of Iranian natural gas to Turkey was halted after an explosion hit a gas pipeline in eastern Turkey, a senior Iranian official told Iran’s semi-official news agency Tasnim on Oct. 28.
“Iran’s gas flow to Turkey has temporarily stopped because of a blast by some opposition groups inside Turkey around 18:30 GMT on Thursday night,” Interior Ministry official Majid Aghai told Tasnim, as reported by Reuters.
Turkey is the second-biggest foreign market for Gazprom after Germany. In 2015, Gazprom gas supplies to the country amounted to 27 billion cubic meters (bcm).