With Europe’s winter gas-crunch in the wake of much-reduced Russian pipeline gas supplies considerably less severe than feared, the need for LNG imports has fallen. Indeed, it appears that cargoes intended for mainland Europe have been resold amid reduced demand, with Turkey snapping up redirected volumes. Turkey’s import statistics show that it imported 0.4bcm from France and Belgium in January, the highest figure in MEES records stretching back to January 2015, dropping to a still-strong 0.2bcm in February. Already after two months this is the highest annual figure in records back to 2005. The development came at a positive time for Ankara as pipeline problems resulted in Iranian imports being slashed in January and February.