Gazprom sends gas to Europe via different route

Gazprom sends gas to Europe via different route
Gazprom sends gas to Europe via different route

The Russian state gas company Gazprom sends natural gas to Europe via a different route. The company reported this, according to Reuters news agency, after it indicated on Friday that the important Nord Stream 1 pipeline will be closed for longer due to technical problems.

On Saturday, 42.7 million cubic meters of natural gas will flow through Ukraine to Europe, through another pipeline. That’s slightly more than the 41.3 million cubic meters of natural gas that came through the Sudan pipeline on Friday, but won’t be enough to make up for the gas supplies now missed by the closed Nord Stream 1.

Nord Stream 1 closed on Wednesday, officially due to maintenance for a period of three days. However, Gazprom reported on Friday that it had discovered an oil leak from equipment during work on Nord Stream 1, which prevented gas deliveries from resuming as planned.

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The Bundesnetzagentur, Germany’s energy supply regulator, said in a statement on Saturday that it believes the problems reported by Russia “are not technically grounds for cessation of operations”. Germany’s Siemens Energy, which normally maintains the Nord Stream 1 turbines, said such a leak should not normally shut down the pipeline.

Gazprom acknowledged that Siemens Energy was ready to assist with the work but there was nowhere for the company to carry out the repairs, the company said in a statement via Telegram. According to Siemens, the work can be performed on site and is “within the limits of routine maintenance work”.

Political pressure

Gazprom already cut gas supplies to Germany via Nord Stream 1 to 20 percent of maximum capacity before Wednesday’s shutdown. The gas group also cited technical problems as the reason for this. Gazprom would not be able to remedy this with Western sanctions. European leaders see turning off the Russian gas tap mainly as a political means of pressure.

European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni said on Saturday that the EU is “well prepared” if Russia turned off the gas tap completely. “The gas supply in the EU is currently 80 percent, thanks to the diversification of supply.”

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