Natural gas exports from Iran to Turkey were halted early Tuesday after an explosion and fire on the pipeline just inside the border of Turkey, an official at Turkey’s energy ministry said. The official said that “all necessary efforts” were underway to manage the situation, but that currently it was unclear when the line would re-open. According to a report by Turkey’s state news agency Anatolia, the explosion occurred near the Gurbulak border gate with Iran in Agri province. The agency said that the cause of the explosion had not yet been identified. Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted Mehdi Jamshidi-Dana, director of the National Iranian Gas Co., as saying the explosion hit at 0650 local time. “The explosion took place close to Iran’s border and has stopped gas exports to Turkey,” Jamshidi-Dana said. “Usually, […]