Turkey sees more gas imports from Gazprom

The official said imports from Gazprom this year could reach 14bn cm compared to 12.85bn cm last year. Some 3bn cm will be imported from Gazprom through the new Blue Stream pipeline under the Black Sea. The remaining 11bn cm will reach Turkey via the traditional route crossing the territories of Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria.

“The resolution of our disputes with Gazprom has been a booster for imports. Also, tough winter conditions and an explosion at the Algerian liquefied natural gas terminal prompted us to ask for supplies above the contractual levels,” the official explained.

Last year, Turkey halted imports through the Blue Stream for several months, citing weak gas demand. But it resumed imports via the world’s deepest gas link only after Gazprom, the world’s biggest gas firm, agreed to cut prices and reduce the volume of gas Turkey was obliged to buy under the deal.

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