Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Iran Cuts Natural Gas to Turkey!!!

ANKARA -- Iran began to cut short natural gas supply to Turkey as of early Monday, but local officials said there was no serious problem for now, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Officials of Turkish Petroleum Pipeline Corp (Botas) said that they have taken necessary measures to make sustain the gas supply to industry and residents.

However, Energy & Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler said on Sunday that Iran had reduced daily gas supply as of last week due to cold weather, noting that Ukraine also dropped the amount of natural gas it pumped to Turkey.

"We will solve the problem by all means. We will hold talks with Iranian officials and draw gas from our storage depots," Guler was quoted as saying.

Turkey imports 29 million cubic meters of natural gas per day from Iran but recently this number has dropped to 4 to 5 million cubic meters.

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