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Azerbaijan halts gas supplies to Turkey, Europe over technical problems

“Natural gas deliveries from Azerbaijan through the entry points to Turkguz and TANAP (Transanadolu Pipeline) stopped on February 23, 2021,” the Turkish Energy Exchange said. They refer to the notification of the Azerbaijan Gas Supply Company (AGSC), Russian agency EA Daily reports.
“Gas supplies have been temporarily suspended due to a technical malfunction in the gas production wells in Azerbaijan,” the Exchange said, adding that other gas sources are being used and gas supplies to Turkey continue without interruptions and reductions in supply. Turkey also receives gas from Russia, Iran and from LNG terminals, Focus reported.

The Agency recalls that on 31 December 2020 the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which is part of the Southern Gas Corridor from Azerbaijan to Turkey and Europe, was launched.

The capacity of the project should be 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year. 6 billion cubic meters are intended for Turkey and 10 billion cubic meters for EU countries: 8 billion - for Italy and 1 billion cubic meters each for Greece and Bulgaria.

According to Trans-Adriatic Pipeline operator TAP AG, the delivery of Azerbaijani gas to Europe at the entry point from Turkey until February 23 averaged more than 600,000 cubic meters per hour. Yesterday, however, they fell to 330 thousand cubic meters per hour, but as of this morning they had grown - up to 450-500 thousand cubic meters per hour.

According to the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan, 11.1 billion cubic meters of gas were delivered to Turkey in 2020. After Russia, Azerbaijan is the second largest exporter of blue fuel to Turkey.

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