Contrary to what has been announced, no gas will flow through the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline from this Saturday. The state-owned company Gazprom announced this on Telegram on Friday evening. The reason is an oil leak in the Portovaya compressor station. The gas flow remains stopped until it is eliminated. It had been expected that gas would flow through the line again from Saturday morning after the announced three-day maintenance work had been completed.
According to Gazprom, the leak was discovered during maintenance work on the station, which was carried out jointly with experts from Siemens Energy. The leaked oil was found in several places. It is not possible to guarantee the safe operation of the last remaining gas turbine there. It was said that such oil spills had happened in the past.
A letter about the complaints about the Trent 60 unit with the number 24 and about the necessary repairs went to the head of Siemens Energy, Christian Bruch, Gazprom said.
The European Commission has accused the Russian state-owned company Gazprom of using false pretenses to stop the flow of gas via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in the Baltic Sea.
“Gazprom’s announcement this afternoon that it will shut down Nord Stream 1 again under false pretenses is further evidence of its unreliability as a supplier,” a spokesman for the EU Commission wrote on Twitter on Friday evening. It is also a testament to Russia’s cynicism, preferring to burn gas rather than fulfill contracts.
After Gazprom’s announcement, the Federal Network Agency emphasized the importance of Germany’s precautionary measures. “In view of the Russian decision not to let any gas flow via Nord Stream 1 for the time being, the LNG terminals, the relevant storage levels and the need for significant savings are gaining in importance,” tweeted the President of the Authority, Klaus Müller, on Friday. “It’s good that Germany is now better prepared, but now it depends on everyone,” Müller continued.
Germany now receives by far the most natural gas from Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium. According to the Federal Network Agency, around 2,900 gigawatt hours of natural gas flowed from these countries to Germany on Thursday. For comparison: On Monday, the last day before the announced supply reduction, Nord Stream 1 transported around 348 gigawatt hours of Russian natural gas. The quantity stored was always a multiple of this delivery quantity from Russia. For example, 965 gigawatt hours of natural gas were stored in Germany on Tuesday.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of Economics said on Friday evening that Gazprom’s reports had been taken note of.
“We are not commenting on the matter, but we have already seen Russia’s unreliability in the past few weeks and accordingly we have unwaveringly and consistently continued our measures to strengthen independence from Russian energy imports. As a result, we are now much better prepared than we were a few months ago.”
The first gas deliveries had previously been announced for Saturday morning. This emerged from preliminary data on the Nord Stream AG website. According to this, gas deliveries were scheduled again from 2 a.m. on Saturday morning.
The volume of the announced deliveries initially corresponded to the level before the interruption, i.e. around 20 percent of the maximum possible volume and thus 33 million cubic meters of natural gas daily. In the late Friday afternoon, the preliminary data then showed only a hardly significant amount.
Since Wednesday morning, no gas has flowed through the last most important pipeline for Russian gas to Germany. According to the Russian energy company Gazprom, the reason is maintenance work on a compressor station. The company had announced that the delivery stop would last until September 2nd.
The Russian energy giant Gazprom is not to blame for the fact that the reliability of the line through the Baltic Sea is at risk, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax agency at noon. There are no technical reserves. “Only one turbine is running,” he said when asked by a journalist about possible further interruptions.
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