Turkey’s state-owned gas utility, Turkish Gas Company (TGC), said on Monday that a leak at its Hoca gas plant in southern Turkey had forced it to shut it down.
The gas utility said in a statement that Hoca had suffered a gas supply disruption after a gas pipeline was cut at the end of April and that an incident had taken place on May 22, but that there was no indication that the gas pipeline had ruptured.
The facility has been used to store gas for several years, and was set to be upgraded to operate with natural gas from Turkey’s largest oil producer.TGC had said earlier that it would not restart operations until the gas was fully tested.
The state-run company has a pipeline running through Hoca that carries gas to the main gas pipeline running from the state’s largest hydroelectric project, the Anadolu state-controlled dam in the south.
Toca’s main gas storage facility is in the town of Kocaeli, where it operates one of Turkey’s biggest natural gas projects.
The gas company said the pipeline had been cut during the construction of a new gas plant.
Turkey has been struggling to keep gas flowing through its main gas network for months.
Gas imports from neighboring Iraq have been disrupted due to an explosion at a Turkish gas facility in November, which killed more than 60 people.
The government has promised to upgrade the pipeline and restore the flow of gas through the region.
Turkey is the world’s largest importer of natural gas and has also struggled with an energy crisis in recent years.