Russia’s Gazprom plans to cease gas supplies via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe for three days, further deepening the energy standoff with the EU, which is seeking alternative sources of gas before winter, reported Reuters.
The Russian energy giant intends to undertake unscheduled maintenance from 31 August to 2 September 2022 on the only operational turbine at a key compressor station along the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which links Western Russia and Germany.
In a reference to German partner Siemens Energy, Gazprom was cited by Associated Press (AP) as saying: “A set of routine maintenance in accordance with the current maintenance contract will be carried out jointly with Siemens specialists.”
Upon completion of the planned maintenance on the pipeline, Gazprom intends to resume gas supplies in line with current volumes of 33 million cubic metres per day, which is approximately 20% of the pipeline’s nominal capacity.
Russia has already reduced gas flows via other pipeline routes in response to sanctions imposed by Western countries, following its invasion of Ukraine.
The planned shutdown follows a ten-day maintenance period carried out by Gazprom on the pipeline in July 2022 that raised concerns over gas supplies from Russia.
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The latest move is expected to raise economic pressure on European countries, including Germany, which largely depends on Russian gas to power its industry.
Germany’s economy ministry spokesperson was cited by Reuters as saying: “We are monitoring the situation closely with the Federal Network Agency.”
Ukraine’s gas transmission system operator said the firm, together with the Polish gas pipeline system, have the capacity to compensate for the Nord Stream halt.