Azerbaijan Steps-Up Natural Gas Exports to Turkey

Turkey has a steep energy demand, which poses a growing energy import dependency, mainly on oil and natural gas. In the context, natural gas of around 4.86 billion cubic metres (bcm) was delivered by Azerbaijan to Turkey in the January-September 2017 period.

In the same period last year, the natural gas exports were around 4.84 bcm, according to the report that was posted on the website of Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK) of Turkey.

EPDK also reported that Azerbaijan’s share in Turkey’s natural gas imports had reached around 15.93%. Meanwhile, the total volume of gas imported to Turkey from Azerbaijan for the period (January-September 2017) was about 12.3%. In the same period, it was also reported that Turkey imported around 39.62 bcm of gas, of which 6.89 bcm was on LNG imports, and 32.73 bcm was through pipelines. In comparison to 2015, where the gas exports were 6.17 bcm, the gas delivered to Turkey by Azerbaijan was reported as 6.48 bcm in 2016.

The gas imports from Azerbaijan to Turkey are done through the South Caucasus pipeline (aka Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum Pipeline, or Shah Deniz Pipeline), which is a natural gas pipeline and is said to run parallel to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (oil) pipeline. Meanwhile, Turkey has also reportedly signed a contract for the annual purchase 6.6 bcm of gas from the offshore gas condensate field, Shah Deniz, Azerbaijan.

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