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Azeri gas flow resumes apart from in Sarikamis area-Turkey energy min

Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:23 AM ET

ANKARA, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told Reuters the gas flow from Azerbaijan resumed on a pipeline carrying natural gas from the Shah Deniz field to Turkey on Thursday, apart from in the Sarikamis area in eastern Turkey's Kars province.

Gas supplies via Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum were halted due to an explosion late on Wednesday, Turkish energy officials said earlier on Thursday.

An explosion occurred on the pipeline between the eastern Turkish cities of Kars and Erzurum, the officials said on condition of anonymity.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blast.

(Reporting by Orhan Coskun, Writing by Seda Sezer)

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Keywords: TURKEY GAS/RESUMPTION