Technical failure halts natural gas flow from Azerbaijan to Turkey

Energy Minister Taner Yıldız (Photo: Today's Zaman)

February 07, 2012, Tuesday/ 13:08:00

The flow of natural gas from Azerbaijan to Turkey was halted on Tuesday due to a technical failure, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Anatolia said the flow of Iranian natural gas to Turkey has also been reduced due to technical difficulties. Sources told the agency that Azerbaijani and Iranian compressor stations, which transport natural gas, were experiencing technical failures.

Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız confirmed the glitches, but stressed that there would not be any shortage of natural gas, neither for residential nor industrial areas. “There is not a natural gas problem that will affect our people,” he told reporters.

Yıldız said the total flow of gas both from Iran and Azerbaijan on Tuesday was down to around 6 million cubic meters a day from a normal 40 million cubic meters.

 He said there is no immediate risk of cuts in Russian gas shipments, which is the country's main gas supplier.

The minister noted that Turkey's daily gas consumption has risen to 192 million cubic meters a day due to cold weather compared to last year's 171 million cubic meters a day in winter months.