Aygaz has become the first Turkish company to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to abroad, according to a statement released by Aygaz Dogal Gaz on Saturday.
"Aygaz Dogal Gaz has expanded its activities due to increasing LNG demand from neighboring countries," the statement said.
"The first LNG export is made to Bulgaria via land," it added.
In addition to LNG sales, the company provides opportunities by helping equipment suppliers to open to foreign markets and by enabling the transfer of knowledge and expertise to markets abroad, according to the statement.
The first LNG export of Turkey makes a historic mark since the country is heavily dependent on foreign resources, especially natural gas, for its domestic energy demand.
Turkey's LNG imports reached a historic record high at 7.14 billion cubic meters (bcm) in the first half of 2019, according to Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority's (EMRA) data.
The share of LNG in natural gas imports surpassed 30% for the first time in the January-June period out of the total of 23.29 bcm of natural gas imports, Anadolu Agency's calculations reveal based on official EMRA data.
By Ovunc Kutlu