National Iranian Gas Company’s (NIGC) spokespersons, Majid Bojarzadeh, said that Ankara had informed Tehran of a problem in the pipeline that carries Iranian gas to Turkey. This has resulted in a halt in gas supply. The problem in pipeline was due to an explosion inside the Turkish territory, yet, it is expected to resume shortly, reported Rigzone.
The head of Gas Exports Measurement Facilities at Iran-Turkey Border, Sadeq Akbarpour, said that the required coordination is being carried out with the Turkish Botas company to resume Iran’s exports. He added that Iran is ready to supply Turkey with its required gas once the pipeline is fixed, according to Press TV.
Iran is Turkey’s second supplier of gas after Russia, providing one-fifth of the country’s consumption. The current volume of natural gas that Iran is piping to its northwestern neighbor is 30mcm/d. Officials in Tehran had remarked that the Islamic Republic is ready to increase its gas exports to Turkey by 6mcm/d. Furthermore, Iran has been working on a plan to export its natural gas to Europe through Turkey. However, officials in Tehran announced in September that the possibility for gas exports depends on the requited agreements with Europeans countries over the plan are reached.