Last updated: 3 July, 2012

Iran gas shipments to Turkey resume after blast

Iranian shipments of natural gas to Turkey have been resumed after being cut by an explosion targeting a pipeline in eastern Turkey, Turkey’s Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Tuesday.

Natural gas flow to Turkey resumed after maintenance on the damaged pipeline, Yildiz told Anatolia news agency.

The blast occurred last week in an area between villages of Hidirli and Kalender in the eastern province of Agri.

The gas shipments were halted after the blast on the pipeline, which carries 27 million cubic metres of gas a day to Turkey.

Officials did not identify any perpetrators but Kurdish rebels fighting for a homeland were widely seen as the main suspects.

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is regarded as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.