Turkey's natural gas imports increased by 22.5% in September this year compared to the same month of 2019, according to Turkish energy watchdog's data on Wednesday.
Natural gas imports increased to around 3.72 billion cubic meters (bcm) in September last year, from approximately 3.03 bcm for the same month of 2019, Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) said in its monthly natural gas market report.
In September 2020, the country imported 3.12 bcm of natural gas via pipelines, while 599 million cubic meters (mcm) was purchased as LNG, EMRA's data showed. This marked an increase in pipeline gas imports of 26.5% and 5.1% in LNG imports.
Russia was Turkey's top gas import destination, supplying 1.85 bcm of natural gas while Azerbaijan and Iran followed with 753 and 514 mcm, respectively.
In September, Turkey's gas imports from Russia grew by 85% while the volume of Azerbaijan and Iran imports fell by 8% and 20.5% respectively compared to the same period of last year.
- Consumption up 24.5%
Turkey's total gas consumption increased by 24.5% to approximately 3.28 bcm this September from around 2.63 bcm in September last year.
Household consumption decreased by 2.5% to reach 244 mcm while the use of gas in power plants increased by 73.1% to 1.42 bcm during the same period. The growth in the volume of natural gas consumed by the power plants was among the main factors leading to an increase in total gas imports.
The amount of natural gas in storage in September decreased by 13.1% to around 2.81 bcm from about 3.23 bcm in September last year.
By Nuran Erkul Kaya