Thursday, May 29, 2008
Gazprom plugs Turkish gas gap
27 May 2008 – Upstream OnLine – Russia's gas export monopoly Gazprom has boosted gas supplies to Turkey after it asked for more gas following a stoppage of flows from Iran. Turkey stopped the flow of Iranian natural gas imports yesterday after Kurdish separatists launched an attack on the only gas pipeline connecting the two countries. The damage should be repaired in a few days' time, a source at Turkish state gas company Botas told Reuters. Sabotage is common on pipelines leading into Turkey from Iran and Iraq, where Kurdish separatist militants are based. Gazprom has in the past regularly raised supplies to Turkey following disruptions in deliveries from Iran. Today, it said it was now pumping 30 million cubic metres instead of the regular 22 MMcm via the Blue Stream pipeline.