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Azerbaijan starts exporting «emergency gas» to Turkey

Azerbaijan has plugged the gap in natural gas supplies following the halt in gas flow from Iran, with additional supplies of 4 - 5 million m3 per day to Turkey from February onward, Fatih Dönmez, the minister of Energy & Natural Resources, announced on Wednesday

Azerbaijan starts exporting «emergency gas» to Turkey

Ankara, February 10 - Neftegaz.RU. Azerbaijan had been supplying 7 mcm of gas per day but added the extra reserves as gas supplies from Iran are not yet at the expected level, Dönmez explained.

Meanwhile, a Bloomberg report also said in a report Wednesday that Azerbaijan has started exporting 170 mcm of «emergency gas» to Turkey.
The report said that the gas supply is around 5 mcm per day, started in the last week of January and will continue until the end of February.

Turkey is the largest buyer of Azerbaijani gas with 8.5 billion m3 (bcm) in 2021.
After Iran, one of Turkey's 3 biggest gas suppliers, reported a technical malfunction in January and cutoff gas flow to the country for 10 days, state-owned BOTAŞ decided to reduce the gas flow to natural gas power plants and large-scale consumers.

The curbs on gas usage, which were reduced to 20% in late January from a previous 40% and caused countrywide industrial sites to pause operations, were lifted as of Feb. 8.
Sector sources said last week repairs on the pipeline from the Iranian side of the border had been postponed until the spring.
Turkey currently imports:
  • 44 mcm of gas per day via the Turkish Stream pipeline
  • and 47 mcm per day via Blue Stream from Russia
  • TANAP transmits 17.3 mcm of gas at full capacity per day from Azerbaijan
The country’s storage facilities also play a major role in ensuring sufficient gas supplies.
The Lake Tuz UGS Facility currently transmits 30 mcm of gas per day to the grid, while the Silivri UGS Facility transmits 15 mcm of gas per day.

Turkey also receives 38 mcm of gas per day from the Egegaz Aliağa LNG terminal, 35 mcm daily from the Marmara Ereğlisi LNG terminal, 20 mcm daily from the Ertuğrul Gazi FSRU facility and 25 mcm of gas per day from the Aktif Liman FSRU facility.

Thus, in total, Turkey has an average daily natural gas input capacity of over 280 mcm.

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