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Gazprom Gas Exports to Italy, Turkey Boost 2011 European Supply

OAO Gazprom, Russia’s natural-gas export monopoly, said recovering demand in Italy and Turkey drove an 8.2 percent increase in exports to Europe last year.

Exports to Turkey, the company’s second-biggest buyer outside the former Soviet Union, surged 44 percent to 26 billion cubic meters, while supplies to Italy jumped 31 percent to 17.1 billion cubic meters, OAO Gazprom Export said today.