Baku, December 29 - Neftegaz.RU. Turkey imported about 6 billion m3 of natural gas from Azerbaijan in January-October of 2018. 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 m3 of gas from Azerbaijan. Thus, Azerbaijan is the 2nd largest gas exporter to Turkey after Russian – 1.65 billion m3. The 3rd place is occupied by Iran which exported 588 million m3 of natural gas to Turkey in October.
In the 1st 10 months of this year, 5.9 billion m3 of Azerbaijani gas were exported to Turkey. Last year, Turkey imported a total of 55.2 billion m3 s of gas.
Turkey imports natural gas from Azerbaijan via the South Caucasus Pipeline, TANAP and TAP, which is a part of Southern Gas Corridor project that envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijani Shah Deniz-2 gas field to European markets. The 1st gas transportation to Turkey started on 30 June.
So far, TANAP has transported about 800 million m3 of Shah Deniz gas to Turkey. TANAP will transport 2 billion m3 in 2019 to Turkey, 4 billion m3 in 2020, and 6 billion m3 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.