India’s gas market regulator has said it will not allow the sale of gas turbines in Turkey because of “safety risks.”
The ministry of power said the move by the Turkish gas company, Gazprom, was taken because the country’s gas grid is not safe enough for the development of a new gas turbine plant.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced on Monday that the government had banned the sale and import of gas turbine equipment in Turkey.
The move comes as Turkey’s gas supplies are threatened by a major disruption to supply in October due to severe weather conditions in Turkey and the country is on the verge of running out of gas, triggering a crisis.
The decision by the regulator comes after Turkey’s energy minister said in January that the country needed a gas turbine in order to power the country for at least the next three years.
The gas turbine would be capable of pumping 1.2 billion cubic feet of gas a day, according to the minister, Hulusi Akar.
Gazprom has not responded to a request for comment.