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Azeri Gas Flows to Turkey Suspended on Glitch at BP-Run Platform

February 20, 2012

Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Azerbaijan suspended natural-gas flows to Turkey after a technical glitch halted output at a BP Plc-run platform in the Caspian Sea yesterday.

The platform at the Shah Deniz field may start working this evening after maintenance is completed, Tamam Bayatli, a BP spokeswoman in Baku, the Azeri capital, said by phone today.

“The automatic power system of Shah Deniz was triggered during planned maintenance at the power supply system of Shah Deniz,” Bayatli said.

Turkish power plants using natural gas switched to diesel and fuel oil to generate electricity, the Anatolia news service reported today, citing Energy Ministry officials. There are no cuts in gas to residential buildings or industrial plants, ministry officials said, the Turkish news service said. Supplies from Iran also dropped, according to the report.

During the first nine months of 2011, the Shah Deniz field produced about 4.53 billion cubic meters of gas and 1.2 million metric tons of condensate.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zulfugar Agayev in Baku at zagayev@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Torrey Clark at tclark8@bloomberg.net


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