Turkey's natural gas imports increased by 15.2% in October this year compared to the same month of 2020, according to data of Turkey's energy watchdog on Tuesday.
Natural gas imports increased to around 4.65 billion cubic meters (bcm) from approximately 4.04 bcm for the same month of 2020, Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) said in its monthly natural gas market report.
In October, the country imported 3.02 bcm of natural gas via pipelines, while 1.63 million cubic meters (mcm) was purchased as LNG, EMRA's data showed. This marked a decrease of 6.9% in pipeline imports while an increase of 105.5 in LNG imports.
Russia was Turkey's top gas import destination, supplying 1.86 bcm of natural gas while the US and Azerbaijan followed with 838 mcm and 762 mcm, respectively.
Turkey's gas imports from Russia and Azerbaijan decrease by 8.8% and 30.9%, respectively in October, while imports from the US increased by 748% compared to the same period of 2020.
Turkey's total gas consumption also increased by 23.5% to approximately 4.42 bcm compared to the same month of 2020.
Household consumption grew by 31.5% to 505 mcm, while the use of gas in power plants increased by 24.2% to 1.80 bcm during the same period.
Consumption growth in natural gas power plants, which generated more electricity due to drought and lower hydro capacity over the last few months, continues to boost imports.
The natural gas volume in storage in October 2021 decreased by 15.9% to around 2.74 bcm compared to about 3.25 bcm in September last year.
By Nuran Erkul Kaya