By Leman Mammadova
Turkey imported about 6 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Azerbaijan in January-October of the current year.
The Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) has published this information, AZERTAC reported.
According to the report, as of October 2018, Turkey imported 771 million cubic meters of gas from Azerbaijan. Thus, Azerbaijan is the second largest gas exporter to Turkey after Russian – 1.65 billion cubic meters.
The third place is occupied by Iran which exported 588 million cubic meters of natural gas to Turkey in October.
In January 2018, Turkey imported 594.15 million cubic meters from Azerbaijan, in February - 536.61 million cubic meters, in March - 591 million cubic meters, in April - 292.04, in May - 601 million cubic meters, in June - 578 million cubic meters, in July - 595 million cubic meters, in August - 636 million cubic meters. 749 million cubic meters, and 771 million cubic meters in October.
Thus, in the first 10 months of this year, 5.9 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas were exported to Turkey.
Last year, Turkey imported a total of 55.2 billion cubic meters of gas.
Turkey imports natural gas from Azerbaijan via the South Caucasus Pipeline (Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum) and TANAP. The South Caucasus Pipeline commissioned at the end of 2006 is currently supplying Shahdeniz gas to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
TANAP, along with TAP, is a part of Southern Gas Corridor project that envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijani Shah Deniz-2 gas field to European markets. TANAP gas pipeline was put into operation on June 12 in Eskisehir, Turkey. The first gas transportation to Turkey started on 30 June. So far, TANAP has transported about 800 million cubic meters of Shah Deniz gas to Turkey. TANAP will transport 2 billion cubic meters in 2019 to Turkey, 4 billion cubic meters in 2020, and 6 billion cubic meters of natural gas will be transported in 2021.
Turkey now imports liquefied gas from Algeria, Qatar and the US, except Russia, Azerbaijan, and Iran.
Since Turkey's energy security is dependent on foreign energy resources, Turkey has been continuously exploring new hydrocarbon reserves offshore and onshore.
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