Turkey plans to expand its LNG storage capacity by adding a third FSRU.
This unit will be located in Saros Bay, north of the Gallipoli Peninsula, in northwestern Turkey by 2021, the Turkish Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Alparslan Bayraktar said last week.
Speaking during a panel organised by the Turkish Academy of Science, he stressed “the critical importance” of natural gas for Turkey’s clean energy policies.
“Ensuring Turkey’s natural gas supply security and improving the infrastructure is very important. We have added two FSRUs in Aliağa [İzmir] and Hatay-Dörtyol to our system. Our efforts are ongoing for the third one in Saros [Bay]. It will be added to our infrastructure next year,” Bayraktar said.
Turkey’s first FSRU started operations in in İzmir’s Aliağa district at the end of 2016, while the second, with 20 mill cu m of send-out capacity per day, was launched in the Mediterranean province of Hatay in early February, 2018.
Turkey imported 45.3 bill cu m of natural gas last year, paying approximately $12 bill.
In addition to pipelines, Turkey improved its LNG infrastructure in a bid to increase the share of cheaper LNG in its natural gas mix to around 33% in 2020 from 28% in 2019, according to the Natural Resources and Energy Ministry.
Turkey’s major LNG suppliers are Qatar, the United States, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon and Egypt.
Turkey’s natural gas imports for the first half of this year dropped by 3.5% to 22.5 bill cu m. Around 12.1 bill cu m was imported via pipeline and 10.3 bill as LNG.
In July, natural gas imports decreased by 4.5%, compared to the same month of 2019, according to the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK). The country imported 2.6 bill cu m of natural gas via pipelines, while 509 mill cu m came as LNG, according to the data.