Last August, Turkey imported a total of 3.35 billion cubic metres (BCM) of natural gas shared between 2.76 BCM of pipeline gas and 59 1,000,000 m³ of LNG (liquid natural gas). Year-on-year, imports of piped gas increased by 17.7% whilst LNG imports fell by 26.1% according to the country’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority’s monthly gas report. Turkey’s gas consumption year-on-year rose from 2.55 BCM to 3.05 BCM in August 2020 , of which gas power plants consumption climbed by 45% to reach 1.28 BCM, whilst household demand, increased by just 7.7% year- on- year. In parallel, the amount of natural gas into ? / in storage fell from around 2.79BCM to just 2.43 BCM.
The leading suppliers of piped gas were Russia, which delivered 1.37 BCM, followed by Azerbaijan with 986 MCM (million cubic metres) and in third place Iran, which provided 406 MCM. The Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority’s monthly report for August 2020 also records sharp fluctuations in the origin of supplies with imports from Iran growing by a hefty 152%, compared with a modest increase of 34% of gas from Azerbaijan and strikingly a fall of 5.5 % in imports from Russia in the year to August 2020.