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Iran resumes exporting gas to Turkey after short suspension

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows pipeline carrying Iranian gas to Turkey.

Iran has resumed exporting gas to Turkey which has been suspended due to a technical fault.

"Gas exports to Turkey, which had been suspended yesterday following a gas leak at a station on the Turkish side, have resumed," the Iranian Oil Ministry's news agency SHANA reported on Friday.

It added that the export of Iran's gas was suspended for a short time because the pressure boosting station in Turkey had to make some changes in order to receive gas by reducing the pressure.

The National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) has reduced its supply of natural gas to Turkey over technical problems amid reports suggesting that freezing temperatures have caused a record surge in domestic use of gas in Iran.

Turkey’s state-run energy company BOTAS said in a Thursday statement that gas imports from Iran had reduced to a third of the daily supply normally provided by the NIGC as the company promised it would do its best to minimize the impacts of the cut on its customers in Turkey.

Turkey relies for 16% of its gas demand on Iran while a bulk of its gas import takes place from Russia and Azerbaijan.

Iran has been faced with a rapidly increasing demand for natural gas in recent years as the country has connected many of its fuel-burning power plants to the national gas pipeline network.


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