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Turkey’s purchase of Russian gas drops by 62% year-on-year

Turkey’s purchase of Russian gas drops by 62% year-on-year

Ankara, July 31 - Neftegaz.RU. According to Turkish Daily Sabah, Turkey's natural gas imports from Russia in May 2020 fell by almost 62% compared to the same month of last year, the local official data released on July 29.

Natural gas imports in May dropped to 2.67 billion m3, compared to 2.68 billion m3 last May, Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) said in its monthly natural gas market report.

In May 2020, the country imported 1.22 billion m3 of natural gas via pipelines, while 1.45 billion m3 were purchased as LNG, EMRA data showed. This marked a 44.6% drop in pipeline gas imports and a 205.5% increase in LNG imports.

Azerbaijan was Turkey's top gas supplier with 881 million m3, followed by Qatar and Russia with 520 and 339 million m3, respectively.

In May, Turkey's gas imports from Azerbaijan and Qatar grew respectively by 14.5% and 288%, while the volume of Russian imports fell by 62% compared to the same period of last year.

Consumption down 24.2%. Turkey's total gas consumption decreased by 24.2% to approximately 2.24 billion m3 this May, compared to 2.95 billion m3 in May last year.

Household consumption grew by 4.6% to 825 million m3 while the use of natural gas in power plants was down by 46.2% to 269 million m3 during the same period.

The amount of natural gas in storage in May increased by 36% to 2.15 billion m3, from 1.58 billion m3 in May last year.

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