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Turkey to import natural gas from Azerbaijan

Image of pipelines [Robin Drayton/Wikipedia]
Pipelines [Robin Drayton/Wikipedia]

Turkey signed an agreement to import natural gas from Azerbaijan to meet the surging demand, Reuters reports.

According to the report, Azerbaijan will supply 11 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas to Turkey over a period of three years.

The gas will be supplied via the Baku-Tiflis-Erzurum pipeline, which is also known as the South Caucasus Pipeline, until the end of 2024, the report says.

Last week, Azerbaijan Energy Minister, Parviz Shahbazov, agreed to supply gas from its Shah Deniz I offshore field to Turkey.

Over the past few years, cooperation in the energy sector between Ankara and Baku has increased significantly, with pipelines such as TAP and TANAP having been constructed and made operational.

In September 2020, it was reported that Azerbaijan had become Turkey's top supplier of gas over the first eight months of 2020, and had surpassed both Russia and Iran in that respect. It was also revealed last year that Turkey's state gas grid operator, Botas, would build a gas pipeline to supply the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan.

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