World Bulletin/News Desk
Responding to reporters' questions on speculations of cutoffs to the natural gas supply this coming winter, Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said the ministry does not expect its main supplier, Russian state-owned oil giant Gazprom, to turn off the tap.
Yıldız noted that Turkey has natural gas contacts with Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Nigeria and Algeria and said those countries should be careful to prevent any possible shortfalls. “I don't believe there will be any cutoffs in the supply from Russia as Gazprom and other minor suppliers work hard to meet the terms of their contracts. Our talks with Alexei Miller, the CEO of Gazprom, are proceeding and we have not received any official information regarding a possible cutoff. I also don't think we will experience such cutoffs because Gazprom is one of the largest suppliers of natural gas to world markets.”
According to reports, a gas dispute could prompt Russia to halt natural gas transfers through Ukraine -- which it did in 2006 and 2009 -- creating shortages in countries such as Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria in the coming winter.
Meanwhile, Miller has said that annual gas exports to Turkey could reach 30 billion cubic meters, exceeding the total of the current top importer, Germany. He added that Turkey is Gazprom's fastest-growing market. Turkey imported 43 billion cubic meters of natural gas last year, of which 27 billion came from Gazprom.Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Temmuz 2013, 13:00