Turkey has been hit hard by the collapse of its $10 billion natural gas pipeline, which runs through the country’s northwestern region of Izmir.
The Turkish Natural Energy Company (TENEX) said on Monday that the pipeline had ruptured and had shut down for six days.
The company said it would not be restarting the line.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of “stealing” natural gas from Turkey.
He has accused Erdoğan of trying to “take advantage” of the countrys poor economic situation to steal natural gas supplies from Turkey’s neighbors.
Turkey has been suffering through a severe economic crisis since the beginning of this year, with the country still recovering from the devastating earthquakes and tsunamis of 2016.
The countrys economy is expected to shrink by 1.2 percent this year.
Turkey is not the only country to suffer from a natural gas shortage this year due to the closure of a pipeline.
In May, Turkey’s state-run company said its natural gas exports were “locked up” as it continues to deal with the fallout from the collapse in the countrySigal Berenik, chief executive of Turkish Natural Resources (TMN), said the company would be restarted on Tuesday.
TMN, the state-owned natural gas company that owns the pipeline, has not commented on the latest developments.
Turkish President Erdoğan has repeatedly accused Erdotek of trying “to take advantage” and steal natural resources from Turkey, a country that is currently suffering from a severe oil price slump and high unemployment.
Erdotecan said last month that Turkey would stop buying Russian gas supplies, citing the country s oil industry.
Russia has denied the accusation, which has been met with strong criticism from Turkey and many others.
Turkey has had a problem with its natural-gas supply since the mid-1990s, when it began importing Russian gas.
In 2011, the Turkish government shut down its entire pipeline system, halting natural-source supply and cutting off gas to some of the largest cities in the world.
The government also cut gas supplies to cities in Iran, Syria, Iraq and Turkey, which are dependent on Russian gas, citing security concerns.
The company, which supplies around 10 percent of Turkey s natural gas needs, said the shutdown of its natural pipeline would lead to a loss of 1.5 million cubic meters of gas per day.
TMN, which owns the line, said it had also suspended all other natural gas supply to the region due to its ongoing shutdown.
TENex is a subsidiary of Turkey Sibir Holding (TSH), a state-controlled company that is responsible for most of the energy infrastructure in the Turkish-controlled region.
TM, TMN and TMN Sibirs main shareholder are Turkish businessman and political ally Evren Sibircan and his company Turkish Petroleum Holding.TMN Sibur, the main shareholder of TMN Holdings, said in a statement on Monday: “The company will not be able to resume operations as of Monday, as we will need to repair the damage caused by the incident and restore the pipeline to its normal operational state.”
The TSH natural gas facility, located in Izmir, was a key piece of infrastructure in Turkey s energy strategy since the early 1980s.
TMNT, which had been the largest investor in TSH, has a stake in Tshirani, a Turkish conglomerate.
The Turkish government has criticized TMNT Sibur for its “foolish” and “lack of transparency” over the crisis.