Iran halts natural gas shipments to Turkey due to cold snap

Iran stopped shipping natural gas to Turkey on Friday because of a cold snap, the energy minister said. It was the second halt in two months. Iran had only resumed shipments on January 27 after a three-week cut due to cold weather. Energy Minister Hilmi Guler said Iran had stopped shipments again on Friday because of cold weather. Guler said such cuts would not occur if a proposed new gas pipeline was constructed between the two countries. After Russia, Iran is Turkey's second-largest supplier of natural gas, now providing around 20 million to 22 million cubic meters (706 million to 776 million cubic feet) per day through a 2,580-kilometer (1,600-mile) pipeline.