May 27, 2008 / 9:11 AM / 12 years ago

Gazprom raises supply to Turkey due Iranian halt

MOSCOW, May 27 (Reuters) - Russia’s gas export monopoly Gazprom (GAZP.MM) said on Tuesday it had increased gas supplies to Turkey after it asked for more gas following a stoppage of flows from Iran.

Turkey stopped the flow of Iranian natural gas imports on Monday after Kurdish separatists launched an attack on the only gas pipeline connecting the two neighbours.

The damage should be repaired in a few days’ time, a source at Turkish state gas company Botas has said.

Sabotage is common on pipelines leading into Turkey from Iran and Iraq, where Kurdish separatist militants are based.

Gazprom has in the past regularly raised supplies to Turkey following disruptions in deliveries from Iran.

On Tuesday, it said it was now pumping 30 million cubic metres instead of the regular 22 mcm via the Blue Stream pipeline under the Black Sea. (Reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov; editing by William Hardy)

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