Iran reinstates gas flow to Turkey


ISTANBUL, August 3, 2015 – The news arm for Iran’s oil ministry announced on Sunday that the gas flows had been resumed to Turkey after repairs were made to the Turkey-Iran pipeline. Iran had immediately halted the flow of gas to Turkey last Monday after saboteurs blew up a pipeline in Turkey’s Agri province, located 15 kilometres from the Iran border.

The pipeline carries almost 10 bcm (353 bcf) of Iranian gas to Turkey annually, making Iran Turkey’s second-largest natural gas supplier after Russia. Even though the gas flows have been restored, it remains unclear if the pipeline is working at capacity.


This explosion comes after Turkey’s recent airstrikes in northern Syria in response to an Islamic State suicide bomber killed 32 people close to the Turkey-Syrian border on July 20.

The Turkish press has speculated that the Kurdistan Worker’s Party was responsible for the explosion, although no one has claimed to be responsible for the attack.

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