Targeted: Iran-Turkey gas pipeline hit by explosion
Blast halts BP Azeri flows to Turkey
04 October 2012 07:44 GMT
Fire again halts Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline
27 August 2012 10:49 GMT
Iraq blast halts Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline flows
06 August 2012 10:47 GMT
Iran re-starts Turkey flows
19 August 2011 08:00 GMT
08 October 2012 11:14 GMT
Iran's state-owned National Iranian Gas Company meanwhile confirmed it was halting supply due to an incident on the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline, Dow Jones reported.
The explosion has been blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has previously claimed dozens of similar attacks.
Turkish energy officials earlier told Reuters and Agence France Presse the blast occurred in the area of Dogubayazit, Agri province near the Iranian border.
They said damage assessment work had begun and it was not immediately clear when the gas flow will resume or what caused the blast, which occurred around 0100 GMT.
Gazprom said it would try to meet a demand from Turkey’s state pipeline company Botas for an extra 18 million cubic metres per day of supply if "technically possible".
Last week, BP Azerbaijan said it was redirecting flow around the same pipeline amid reports of a separate attack.
Eastern Turkey is home to a Kurdish insurgency that has seen frequent attacks on energy infrastructure.
Flows have also been halted several times on the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline carrying crude oil from Iraq to Turkey in recent months due to suspected sabotage blamed on the PKK.
The PKK's 28-year-old armed campaign against the Turkish state is thought to have claimed more than 40,000 lives.
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