Testing begins on Iran-Turkey gas pipeline after supply issues

Testing begins on Iran-Turkey gas pipeline after supply issues
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State energy firm BOTAS said the tests are part of efforts to alleviate cuts to Turkey’s natural gas sector, with plans for full operation from January 31.
The tests follow a pause in supply of natural gas along the Iran-Turkey pipeline between January 20-30. [Getty]

Turkish state energy firm BOTAS announced on Friday that testing has begun on natural gas supply from Iran to Turkey.

The firm said the tests were part of efforts to alleviate cuts to Turkey’s natural gas sector, with plans for full operation to begin from January 31.

The tests follow a pause in supply of natural gas along the Iran-Turkey pipeline between January 20-30 due to technical problems at the Gurbulak gas entry point.

In response to the issue, BOTAS implemented a 40 percent reduction in supply to industrial consumers to balance demand and supply.

BOTAS added in its statement on Friday that the reduction in supply would fall to 20 percent by 8am local time on January 31.

Earlier this month, Turkey sharply raised electricity prices by 50-100 percent for households and companies on Saturday, and again increased monthly natural gas bills, adding to strains in an economy facing soaring overall inflation.

Natural gas prices jumped 25 percent for residential use and 50 percent for industrial use in January.

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