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MOSCOW (DPA-AFX) – Russia has announced that it will halt gas supplies through the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline for three days at the end of August. The state-owned company GAZPROM announced on Friday that no gas would flow to Germany from August 31 to September 2 due to maintenance work. According to this, 33 million cubic meters of natural gas are to be transported daily. This corresponds to 20 percent of the daily maximum production, for which Russia reduced deliveries a few weeks ago.
Gazprom said the only working turbine at the Portovaya compressor station should be checked and overhauled in three days. This is to be done in cooperation with experts from Siemens Energy. When asked, Siemens Energy did not comment on Gazprom’s announcement. A spokesman for the Federal Network Agency said in the evening that the situation was being monitored in cooperation with the gas industry and the Federal Ministry of Economics. The gas flow through Nord Stream 1 is currently unchanged at 20 percent.
Gazprom had reportedly long limited gas flow to 33 million cubic meters due to necessary repairs. In order to retrieve a turbine repaired in Canada, Germany asked the government in Ottawa for an exemption from sanctions against Moscow. But when the unit returned to Germany, Gazprom was in no hurry to build it. Gazprom spoke of missing papers. The federal government accused Moscow of only faking technical problems.
Due to the Russian attack on Ukraine, Germany is trying to reduce its dependence on Russian natural gas. Further suppliers are being sought to fill the storage tanks for the summer season. The double pipeline Nord Stream 1 has been transporting gas in Germany under the Baltic Sea since 2011./haw/DP/mis
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