Representatives of the fuel and energy sector of the Islamic Republic of Iran refuted reports that it has increased gas supplies to Turkey. Ankara seeks to reduce dependence on Russia and looking for alternative energy suppliers.
«Iran provides 30% of Turkish gas needs. In accordance with the agreement from 1996, for 25 years, we have committed to deliver up to 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year. That’s the number we supplied,» said the Press TV the head of the measuring stations at the border terminal Bazargan Sadeq Akbarpur.
He noted that the contract is for 25 years, and to increase supply you need to first renegotiate. Akbarpur also reminded that the gas pipeline passes on territory controlled by Kurdish rebels, which could easily cut the line of supply.
Iran is the second largest exporter of deliveries of gas to Turkey. In first place is Russia, which provides 60% of Turkey’s needs. In connection with sharp deterioration of relations between Moscow and Ankara, Turkey is looking for alternative suppliers.
On 5 December the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara could find an alternative to Russian energy. Earlier, Turkey signed an agreement to supply liquefied natural gas from Qatar. He said not Russia, and Turkey initiated the freezing of the project «Turkish stream», since Moscow has not agreed to the demands of Ankara.
The Turkish leader added that, if necessary, to find an alternative to Russian energy is quite real. In addition to Qatar, an alternative supplier could be Azerbaijan, who recently visited Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Erdogan also noted that it is possible to develop the use of renewable energy sources.