The Marmara Ereglisi LNG terminal is Turkey's first LNG facility and has been in operation since 1994. The 7.2 mmtpa facility is owned by BOTAS, the Turkish state-owned integrated gas company. BOTAS has contracts to import 2.9 mmtpa (383 mmcfd) from Sonatrach in Algeria and 1.0 mmtpa (132 mmcfd) from Nigeria LNG. It has occasionally imported spot cargoes over and above its contracted volumes from Algeria and Nigeria In 2013 LNG imports to the terminal dropped compared to 2012 due to global LNG market tightness. Imports rebounded in 2014 to 5.3 bcm due to cold weather and stayed at a similar level in 2015 and 2016 with 4.9 bcm and 4.7 bcm respectively. During Q4 2017, the terminal was closed to allow for capacity expansion works. The terminal now has a regas capacity of 8 bcm/y. There are plans to boost it further to 13.5 bcm/y in 2018.
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