9 Jan 2024 15:43

Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan discuss resuming suspended gas swap - NIGC

BAKU. Jan 9 (Interfax) - Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are negotiating to continue swap supplies of Turkmen gas to Azerbaijan through Iran, the National Iranian Gas Company said.

It said gas supplies from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan had been "temporarily suspended."

The Iranian company did not provide details, saying only that the suspension of Turkmen gas supplies to Iran had "disrupted the flow of gas from Iran to Azerbaijan under the trilateral swap agreement."

"The gas swap will resume as soon as an agreement is reached by the two countries," NIGC said.

It said the negotiations were being conducted at a senior level and both parties were showing interest in reaching agreements.

Iran began transporting gas received from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan in January 2022 in line with a trilateral swap agreement signed in Ashgabat on November 28, 2021. The agreement stipulates supplies of up to 1.5-2 billion cubic meters of Turkmen gas to Azerbaijan through Iran per year.

Azerbaijani Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov and Iranian Oil Minister Javad Owji signed a memorandum of understanding in Baku at the beginning of June 2022 in line with which supplies of gas to Azerbaijan from Turkmenistan through the territory of Iran will double.