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Monday, 30 July, 2001, 21:46 GMT 22:46 UK
Turkey and Iran postponse gas flow

The Turkish energy minister says Ankara and Teheran have agreed to postpone the inauguration of Iranian gas exports to Turkey to allow time for a technical hitch to be sorted out.

Earlier the minister, Zeki Cakan, said Turkey had been unable to start the scheduled import of Iranian natural gas today due to a problem on the Iranian side.

He said that a metering station in Iran was not ready for operation.

Iran's deputy oil minister, Hamdollah Mohammad-Nejad, denied there were problems on the Iranian side.

He said Turkey had asked to test the metering system just two days ago and Iran had agreed to the request. Under a 1996 deal, Iran is to supply three billion cubic metres of gas a year to Turkey - increasing it to 10 billion cubic metres by 2007.

The United States has voiced objections to the deal which it regards as a rival to a multi-million dollar pipeline project to carry gas from Turmenistan to western markets via Turkey and avoiding Iran.

Turkey says it needs both projects to meet its energy needs.

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