Russian energy giant Gazprom has extended Saturday’s deadline to restore flows through a vital gas supply route to Europe. nodestream 1 pipeline Found during maintenance.
The energy company closed the pipeline on Wednesday, requiring three days of maintenance, but said in a social media post Friday night that it had identified a “fault” in the turbine.
“Transportation of gas through the Nord Stream pipeline has been completely halted until the operational deficiencies of the equipment are eliminated,” Gazprom said in a statement, noting when the flow would resume. It did not provide a new timetable.
The move exacerbates Europe’s difficulties in securing enough fuel for the approaching cold winter months. node stream 1 We provide much-needed supplies to Germany and other European countries.
“This is part of Russia’s psychological warfare against us,” tweeted Michael Roth, head of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee.
— Gazprom (@GazpromEN) September 2, 2022
Siemens Energy, which regularly maintains the Nord Stream 1 turbine, said on Friday that leaks that Gazprom normally found would not be a reason to stop gas flow as repairs fall within the scope of maintenance work. said.
“Such leaks typically do not affect turbine operation and can be sealed on site,” the company said in a statement. “We’ve never had a leak of this type to stop operations in the past.”
Siemens added that it does not currently have a contract to address that particular maintenance issue, adding: “It has been pointed out several times that the compressor station at Portovaya has enough other turbines for the Nord Stream 1 to operate. ‘ said.
After August 2021, wholesale gas prices will be soared European industries and consumers were hit hard as demand surged after the pandemic lockdowns were lifted and worsened after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen previously said: price limit Opposed Russian pipeline gas to counter what she said was Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “manipulation”.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that if the EU imposes such a price cap, Russia will cut off supplies to Europe.
Declining Nord Stream deliveries and restricted gas flow through Ukraine, another important route, have forced European countries to scramble to fill up their storage tanks for the winter. increase.
Many countries are considering enacting emergency measures to encourage businesses and households to ration and reduce energy use. Some major European companies, such as fertilizer and aluminum companies, have already cut production due to high energy prices.
“Better be prepared”
In response to Gazprom’s decision on Friday, Germany’s network regulator said it was ready to deal with supply disruptions in Russia, but warned that individuals and businesses would have to cut back on usage.
“It’s good that Germany is better prepared, but now it’s up to everyone,” Bundesnetzagentur president Klaus Mueller said on Twitter.
This was also the case with a spokesperson for the Ministry of Economy, who said in a statement:Gas market conditions are tense, but security of supply is assured. “
A spokeswoman did not comment on the “content” of Gazprom’s announcement, but said Germany had “already seen Russia’s unreliability in the past few weeks”.
After Gazprom cut flows in June, JulyEU officials are preparing for the possibility of Russia stopping deliveries altogether.
On Wednesday, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Western sanctions against Russia had prevented pipeline equipment supplier Siemens Energy from carrying out scheduled maintenance.
“It’s not Gazprom’s fault that resources are scarce,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. “Thus, the reliability of the entire system is at risk.”
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