Nord Stream will remain shut down, Gazprom reports a fault. Ukraine wants to help Europe

Nord Stream will remain shut down, Gazprom reports a fault. Ukraine wants to help Europe
Nord Stream will remain shut down, Gazprom reports a fault. Ukraine wants to help Europe

On Wednesday, Russia already interrupted supplies through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline due to maintenance work. According to the original information, the shutdown was supposed to end on Saturday morning.

But Gazprom said on Friday that maintenance carried out together with representatives of the German firm Siemens Energy revealed an oil leak at the Portovaja compressor station, making it impossible to ensure safe operation. He added that he had sent a letter to the head of Siemens Energy about the detected defects and the need to eliminate them.

Moscow reduced supplies through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to 40 percent of capacity in June, and to 20 percent in July. She attributed this to maintenance problems caused by the sanctions. But the European Union says the technical problems are just a pretext and that Moscow is using the gas as a weapon to advance its interests.

Uncertainty over supplies from Russia raises concerns about gas shortages in Europe in the winter months. This led to a significant increase in European gas and electricity prices. The European Union is now considering various measures in an attempt to limit the growth of energy costs, which has a negative impact on the EU economy.

Nord Stream 1 transports gas from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea and is the main route for Russian gas supplies to the European Union.

Ukrainian Naftogaz wants to help

Ukraine’s state gas company Naftogaz is working hard to increase natural gas production and could supply gas to European countries for the heating season next year. Naftogaz CEO Yury Vitrenko said. However, some industry experts have doubts about his plans.

European countries are now trying to get rid of their dependence on Russian gas. They are thus reacting to the Russian attack on Ukraine and the subsequent restriction of Russian gas supplies to Europe. According to the director of Naftogaz, Yuriy Vitrenko, he could replace the missing Russian gas if he gets investments and know-how from Western experts, for example, through a model of the American Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild Western Europe after World War II.

“We are working on new projects that can really significantly increase production in Ukraine by ten to 30 percent,” Vitrenko told Reuters.

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However, some experts point out that the country has been unsuccessfully trying to increase production for many years. In addition, supplies to Europe would require the Ukrainian government to lift the wartime embargo on gas exports. The situation is also complicated by the fact that Naftogaz recently became insolvent.

Vitrenko also said that Naftogaz is researching technologies for extracting gas from shale deposits. Analyst Maksym Biljavskyj, who was a spokesman for Naftogaz in the past, however, pointed out that the most promising areas for shale drilling are in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas, where fighting is now taking place. “There are good prospects, but for a period of peace,” Biljavskyj said. He added that roughly 75 percent of Ukraine’s gas production facilities are located on or near the front line.

Vitrenko also said that Ukraine should convert the entire district heating system from gas to biomass and heat pumps and use gas only as backup. However, Biljavskyj described such a large-scale transition to biomass as unrealistic, as it would require a large amount of plant material to produce energy and large-scale investments.

The article is in Czech

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