The oil spill was discovered at the Portovaja compressor station, close to the Finnish border. In such a station, gas is put under high pressure so that it can flow through the pipeline through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The pipeline will remain stationary until the problem is repaired, it is said.
In a statement, distributed via Telegram, Gazprom said representatives of Germany’s Siemens have also endorsed a report on the oil spill. Technicians should only be able to carry out repairs in a specialized workshop.
On Telegram, Gazprom shared a photo of where the leak occurred.
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Earlier in the day, it appeared that gas deliveries would resume on Saturday at 20 percent of normal capacity, the same level as before the works.
The gas supply was shut down for three days on Wednesday. That was necessary, according to the Russian gas company Gazprom, for checks at the only working turbine that helps to pump gas into the pipeline. According to Gazprom, the turbine must undergo technical maintenance every 1,000 hours. That’s about every 42 days. The next maintenance would therefore take place in mid-October.
In Europe, however, there is skepticism about this explanation and the prevailing view that Russia uses the gas supply as a political leverage. The European Union has imposed numerous sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine, and this would be in retaliation.
Gas prices at record high
Gas prices in Europe rose to record highs after the first announcement of the unscheduled maintenance, but have fallen by almost 40 percent since Monday to 212 euros per megawatt hour. The question is what the price will do now that Nord Stream 1 won’t be restarted for the time being.
German gas network chief Klaus Müller reacted Friday evening to Gazprom’s decision that LNG terminals, supplies and significant savings will become even more important. “It’s good that Germany is now better prepared, but now it depends on everyone,” he wrote on Twitter. Germany now gets most of its natural gas from Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium; On Thursday, some 2,900 gigawatt hours of natural gas flowed from those countries to Germany.
No impact on Belgium
The fact that Nord Stream 1 will not be started up for the time being has no impact on the supply of Belgium. That can be heard from the cabinet of Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten (Green). The situation is being closely monitored, the cabinet of the minister said. There is no impact on the Belgian gas supply. Also at Fluxys it sounds that there is no direct impact. After all, no natural gas has been imported from Germany to our country for months.
Commission: “False Pretenses”
The European Commission believes that Gazprom is blocking gas supplies under “false pretexts”. A spokesman for the European Commission said this on Twitter. “Gazprom’s announcement Friday afternoon that it is once again shutting down Nord Stream 1 under false pretenses is yet another confirmation that it is untrustworthy as a supplier,” tweeted spokesman Eric Mamer. “It is also a testament to the cynicism of Russia, which prefers to burn gas rather than fulfill contracts.”