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Turkey's gas imports up 6.5% in August as Russia top supplier

Turkey's gas imports up 6.5% in August as Russia top supplier

Ankara, October 30 - Neftegaz.RU. Turkey's natural gas imports increased by 6.5% in August 2020 compared with the same month of 2019, according to Turkish energy watchdog's data.

Russia was Turkey's top gas import destination, supplying 1.37 bcm of natural gas while Azerbaijan and Iran followed with 986 and 406 mcm, respectively.

In August, Turkey's gas imports from Azerbaijan and Iran grew by 34% and 152%, respectively, while the volume of Russian imports fell by 5.5% compared to the same period last year.

Natural gas imports increased to around 3.35 billion m3 (bcm) in August this year, from approximately 3.14 bcm for the same month of 2019, Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK) said in its monthly natural gas market report.

In August 2020, the country imported 2.76 bcm of natural gas via pipelines, while 591 million m3 (mcm) were purchased as LNG, EPDK's data showed. This marked an increase in pipeline gas imports of 17.7% and a drop by 26.1% in LNG imports.

Turkey's total gas consumption increased by 19.5% to approximately 3.05 bcm this August from around 2.55 bcm in August last year. Household consumption grew by 7.8% reaching 274 mcm while the use of gas in power plants increased by 45% to 1.28 bcm during the same period.

The amount of natural gas in storage in August decreased by 12.9% to around 2.43 bcm from about 2.79 bcm in August last year.

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