Turkey has imported two extra LNG cargoes from the spot market following five it has already ordered from Qatar , traders and energy industry sources told Reuters. LNG cargoes are costlier than pipeline imports, the timing of the tender as well as the prompt delivery meant Turkey had to pay a premium, one LNG trader said. Turkey had to import extra LNG because of cold winter. There are no problems in supplying natural gas from abroad but due to extreme weather conditions some provinces faced power cuts, energy minister Taner Yildiz said this week. Major cities, including Istanbul and Ankara , as well as some rural areas faced power cuts last weekend. Turkey's natural gas consumption is expected to increase from an estimated 46-47bn cubic meters this year to 50-52bn cubic meters next year, energy minister Taner Yildiz said this month.
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