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An attack on Turkey’s Shah Deniz gas pipeline set off an explosion on Tuesday but didn’t interrupt supplies because flows had already been suspended for maintenance.

According to Reuters, members of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacked a portion of the pipeline in the Posof province of Turkey early Tuesday.

The pipeline’s supply flow had already been halted for planned maintenance when the attack was launched.

No spills or injuries were reported.

The attack came just a day after the PKK attacked a crude pipeline and halted flows from Iraq to Turkey, Reuters added.

“With last night’s attack, the separatist terror organization (PKK) has once again shown that they aim to prevent our people from accessing their most basic needs,” Turkey Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told Reuters.

Flows from the pipeline were suspended on Monday by BP for planned maintenance at the Shah Deniz platform and the Shah Deniz facility at the Sangachal terminal, Reuters said.

The offshore Shah Deniz field is Azerbaijan’s largest gas field with estimated resources of between 1.2 to 1.5 trillion cubic meters of natural gas.

Production at the Caspian Sea field began in 2006 and output hit 2.6 billion cubic meters in the first quarter of 2015.

BP added that production from its operated Azeri, Chirag and Guneshli (ACG) oilfields and export and loading at the ports of Ceyhan in Turkey and Supsa in Georgia will continue as normal.

BP operates the Shah Deniz field with a 28.8 percent stake.

Azerbaijan’s SOCAR holds a 16.7 percent interest and Turkey’s TPAO holds a 19 percent stake.

Malaysia’s Petronas holds a 15.5 percent stake, Russia’s Lukoil holds a 10 percent stake and Switzerland-based NICO holds a 10 percent stake.


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