Tabriz–Ankara pipeline

The Tabriz–Ankara pipeline is a 2,577-kilometre (1,601 mi) long natural gas pipeline, which runs from Tabriz in north-west Iran to Ankara in Turkey.

Tabriz–Ankara pipeline
CountryIran, Turkey
General directionsouth–north
FromTabriz, Iran
Passes throughErzurum
ToAnkara, Turkey
General information
Typenatural gas
PartnersNational Iranian Oil Company, BOTAŞ
Technical information
Maximum discharge14 billion cubic meters per year


The construction of pipeline started in 1996 after signing a gas deal between Turkish and Iranian governments. The gas deal was signed on 30 August 1996. The pipeline was commissioned in July 2001.

The Iran-Turkey pipeline has allegedly been blown up several times by PKK fighters.[1] In January 2008 gas supplies were stopped because of cut-off gas supplies from Turkmenistan.[2] The supply was cut off again in February 2008 because of bad weather conditions.[3]

Technical featuresEdit

The Turkish section, operated by BOTAŞ, cost US$600 million. The pipeline capacity is 14 bcm per year:[4] Turkish normally imports about 11 billion cubic meters of gas a year through the pipeline.[2] Just before Ankara it is linked to Blue Stream.[5]


Negotiations are in progress to renew the current 25 year contract,[6] for nearly 10 bcm per year,[7] which expires end-2025 according to the Middle East Economic Survey[8] (or end-July 2026 according to the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies[9]: 22 ).

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  1. ^ "Iran-Turkey pipeline blast cuts gas flow -source". Reuters. 2007-09-10. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  2. ^ a b Gareth Jones (2008-01-27). "Iran resumes gas exports to Turkey". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  3. ^ Orhan Coskun; Gareth Jones (2008-02-08). "Cold halts Iran gas exports to Turkey -minister". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-03-07.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "GECF Annual Statistical Bulletin 2021" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Doğalgaz ve Petrol Boru Hatları Haritası".
  6. ^ "Iran oil minister holds talks with Turkish officials". Retrieved 2022-10-22.
  7. ^ "Iran's gas exports to Türkiye on rise". Retrieved 2022-10-22.
  8. ^ "Iran Negotiates Turkey Gas Contract Renewal". MEES. Retrieved 2022-10-22.
  9. ^ "Turkey's supply-demand balance and renewal of its LTCs". Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Retrieved 2022-10-22.