Explosion hits Shah Deniz gas pipeline in Turkey

Supply was not affected as pipeline was under maintenance

Picture for illustrative purpose only.
Picture for illustrative purpose only.

A pipeline in the northeast of Turkey carrying gas from Azerbaijan's largest field, Shah Deniz, was hit by an explosion early on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

The blast, which took place in Posof province near the Georgian border, had not impact on supply as the flow was suspended for maintenance, a senior Turkish energy official said.

Reuters reported that it was not immediately clear what caused the explosion, which came days after an attack by the PKK Kurdish militant group on another pipeline carrying crude from Iraq to Turkey.

Shah Deniz is being jointly developed by BP, Azeri state energy company SOCAR and others. 

BP said on Monday it had suspended operations on the Shah Deniz platform in the Caspian Sea and the Shah Deniz facility inside the Sangachal terminal for planned maintenance from 2nd of August.

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