Turkish security forces announced that an explosion conducted by PKK terrorists occurred on the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline in the Sarikamis district of Turkey’s northeastern province of Kars on Tuesday.
Governor of Kars province Gunay Ozdemir, released a statement immediately following the attack saying that "an investigation is underway into the explosion and the necessary measures have been taken."
The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz, released a written statement related to the explosion saying “the pipeline was attacked by PKK terrorists.”
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO, the US and EU.
“This attack shows that the terrorist group targets peace and security of the nation all over the country by attacking people’s basic needs,” Yildiz said. He also underlined that such attacks targeting peace will be repelled by the government.
The Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline, also known as the South Caucasus Pipeline, carries 6.6 billion cubic meters of gas into Turkey every year.
This has not been the first attack on an energy pipeline by PKK terrorists. In a previous incident, PKK terrorists attacked the Iran-Turkey natural gas pipeline in Turkey’s southeastern province of Agri on July 27.
An estimated 10 billion cubic meters of gas is delivered from Iran to Turkey annually through the pipeline. The gas flow between Iran and Turkey was cut-off for five days after the attack.
In a similiar attack, Kirkuk-Yumurtalik gas pipeline was assaulted in the southeastern province of Sirnak on July 29.
The Kirkuk-Yumurtalik pipeline is part of the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline which has a 1.6 million barrel capacity per day.