All Russian gas to Turkey, southeast Europe halted - Bulgaria

All Russian gas supplies via Ukraine to Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Macedonia were halted on Tuesday, Bulgaria's Economy Ministry said.

All Russian gas to Turkey, southeast Europe halted - Bulgaria
Russian gas supplies to Turkey from a western pipeline passing through Ukraine have been completely cut, Turkey's Energy Minister said on Tuesday, adding supplies from another pipeline would be raised to compensate.

"Gas from the western line was completely stopped this morning. Initially it fell to 32 million cubic metres then we were informed that it would drop to 17 million cubic metres and then it was completely stopped," Minister Hilmi Guler told reporters.

Turkey usually receives around 40 million cubic metres of Russian gas from the western pipeline in addition to around 35 million cubic metres from the Blue-Stream line which passes directly from Russia to Turkey under the Black Sea.

Supplies of gas delivered via the Blue-Stream pipeline would rise to 48 million cubic metres per day after a series of small rises over the past few days, Guler said.

"We are taking measures now, and there are others we will take. We have begun using underground natural gas stores and LNG sources. We are using secondary sources at power stations."

Guler said daily delieveries of around 18 million cubic metres of gas to Turkey from Iran were unaffected.

A source at Ankara's Iranian embassy said Iran might increase its gas flows to Turkey to cover the shortfall.

Earlier on Tuesday Bulgaria's Economy Minster said all Russian gas supplies via Ukraine to Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Macedonia had been halted as a result of the Moscow-Kiev price row.

Russian state-controlled gas export monopoly Gazprom cut off Ukraine on New Year's Day.

A January 2006 row in which Russia, Turkey's top gas supplier, also cut off supplies to Ukraine caused a brief drop in deliveries to Turkey.

Reuters

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