Turkey has started refusing from Russian gas in favor of other suppliers - in July, the country reduced imports of Russian fuel by 37.2 percent year on year, the local edition of Anadolu, citing the monthly report of the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA). At the same time, Turkey has increased its purchases from Iran and Azerbaijan by 37.5 and 31.5 percent respectively.
Russia remained the leader on gas supplies to the country, providing it with 1.44 billion cubic meters of gas, while Iran and Azerbaijan accounted for 870 and 710 million cubic meters of imports respectively. Overall, Turkey bought 15.7 percent less gas in July 2022 compared to the same month in 2021 - imports dropped from 4.05 to 3.41 billion cubic meters.
According to EMRA, the country received about 3.02 billion cubic meters of gas through pipelines and another 383 million cubic meters by sea in liquefied form during the month. These figures indicate a 13 percent decrease in pipeline imports and a 32.6 percent decrease in LNG imports.
At the same time, Turkey managed to decrease the total gas consumption by 27.5 percent year-on-year to 2.78 billion cubic meters. The country achieved this result at the expense of the reduction of gas use in power stations (minus 46.8 percent, down to 1.01 million cubic meters), although domestic consumption increased (plus 10.9 percent, up to 251 million cubic meters). In addition, the country increased its fuel reserves - the amount of gas in storage in July 2022 increased by 20.6 percent to 3.37 billion cubic meters.