ANKARA(Reuters) – Iran has still not restored natural gas exports to Turkey but has said gas flow will resume by Monday at the latest, a Turkish energy official told Reuters on Saturday.
Last weekend, Iran suspended gas supplies to Turkey after cold weather boosted domestic demand. It had told Turkish officials this week it expected gas flow to be secured by Saturday.
“There is still no gas. They informed us that they will supply 10 million cubic metres tomorrow or by Monday at the latest,” said an official from Botas, Turkey’s state-run pipeline company, after consulting with Iranian officials.
Energy Minister Hilmi Guler has said neither Turkish industry nor households would suffer from the disruption as supplies had been found from elsewhere, mainly from Russia’s Blue Stream pipeline.
Turkey has raised its daily consumption of Russian gas to as much as 37 million cubic metres in recent days from the usual 29 million to help cover its shortfall, officials say.
Iran’s daily shipments of 27 million cubic metres of gas normally make up around a third of Turkey’s total imports.
Tehran has apologized to Ankara for the disruption, which is not the first suffered by Turkey this winter. Last month, Iranian gas exports to Turkey fell by nearly 75 percent due to technical problems.