Swap gas supplies from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan seem to be half the amount announced

From January to September of this year, Turkmenistan supplied Azerbaijan with 614.15 million cubic meters of gas in the amount of $76.86 million, that is, approximately $125 per thousand cubic meters. This is more than 90% of the total volume of Azerbaijani imports, Interfax-Azerbaijan reports , emphasizing that we are talking about volumes issued (declared) by the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan.

In addition to Turkmenistan, small volumes of gas were supplied to Azerbaijan by Iran - 66.9 million cubic meters in the amount of $2.5 million, that is, at $37 per cubic meter.

In January-September 2021, gas was imported to Azerbaijan only from Iran, the news agency notes.

If the pace of supplies of Turkmen gas, about 68 million cubic meters of gas per month, continues until December, then the volume of purchases for the year will amount to only 818.87 million cubic meters of gas. This is almost two times lower than the minimum volume previously announced.

Recall that gas supplies from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan began in January this year. Since there is no direct gas pipeline between the countries, exports are carried out according to a swap scheme, when Turkmenistan supplies blue fuel to the northern regions of Iran, and the latter, in turn, exports the same volumes of its own gas to Azerbaijan.

According to Iranian Oil Minister Javad Ouji , 1.5-2 billion cubic meters of gas is exported from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan in this way. At the same time, in July he said that Azerbaijan was ready to double these volumes.

However, we note once again that Interfax-Azerbaijan emphasizes that we are talking about the volumes of gas declared by the Azerbaijani customs. Whether there is an import of the same undeclared volume, the news agency does not specify.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan