Turkey reduces gas imports from Russia in favor of LNG supplies from the USA

Where is Turkish stream? The volume of Turkish LNG imports from the United States grew by 3.5 times.


The share of LNG in Turkish gas imports for the first time increased from 24% to 30.6%. For the first half of 2019, Turkey purchased 7.14 billion cubic meters of LNG, BusinessCensor reports with reference to the Turkish news agency Anadolu.

Turkish LNG imports from the USA in the indicated period grew by 363% - up to 884 million cubic meters. Turkey ranked second in Europe after Spain for the import of American gas.

Turkey also imported LNG from Algeria and Qatar. Deliveries from Algeria increased by 37%, compared to the same period last year, up to 2.94 billion cubic meters, imports from Qatar fell by 34% - to 1.27 billion cubic meters.

At the same time, Turkey in the first half of the year reduced the import of natural gas from Russia by 36% to 8 billion cubic meters. And against the background of the commissioning of the Trans-Anatolian pipeline, it increased the import of Azerbaijani gas by 38% to 4.41 billion cubic meters. Gas supplies from Iran decreased by 5%.

In general, Turkey reduced gas imports in the first half of the year by 10% compared to the same period last year – to 23.29 billion cubic meters.

As previously reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin had said that Turkish Stream would work before the end of 2019.

Gazprom representatives are confident that “the gas pipeline will be introduced along with the site on Turkish territory as scheduled” – in December this year.

Turkish Stream is a project of an export gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey through the Black Sea and further to the Turkish border with neighboring countries. The first line of the pipeline is intended for the Turkish market, the second – for gas supply to the countries of Southern and Southeast Europe. The capacity of each line is 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

Tags: gas, Turkish Stream, LNG

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