“BOTAS” announces preventive shutdown of Baku-Tbilisi-Erzerum gas pipeline

Turkish gas company “BOTAS” has announced that gas supply from the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzerum (BTE) pipeline from the “Trkgöz” entry point to Turkey’s national gas distribution network will not be possible on 25-29 September due to preventive works on the BTE. “As agreed with “Azerbaijanl Gas Supply” company (AGSC) and “South Caucasus Pipeline” company, due to planned maintenance and repair works on the gas pipeline from the Shah Deniz field towards Turkey, gas supply through the South Caucasus Pipeline Mainline (SCPM) to Erzerum will be suspended…During the planned maintenance and repair works, no problems with the balance of supply and demand in the national gas distribution network are foreseen,” “BOTAS” said. These works are of a planned nature. Thus, in January-August 2023, Turkey received 2.9 bcm of gas via BTE out of a total supply of 6.7 bcm for the period (i.e. 3.8 bcm went via TANAP). Note that this year Turkey may receive 10.2 bcm from Azerbaijan against 8.5 bcm in 2022, with 3.5-4 bcm to be transported via the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzerum pipeline and 6.0-6.5 bcm via TANAP. In fact, Azerbaijan will cover 20 per cent of Turkey’s gas needs in 2023. As for UKTM, it has been in operation since late 2006, transporting Azeri gas from Stage-1 of the Shah Deniz field development to Georgia and, since July 2007, to Turkey. The pipeline is 691 kilometres long, of which 443 kilometres are in Azerbaijan and 248 kilometres in Georgia. Recall that UKTM is a component of the Southern Gas Corridor. As of 2019, the pipeline has a capacity of 29 million cubic metres of gas per day. AGSC is engaged in deliveries from Shah Deniz

Source: Turan News Agency