Since July, Gazprom has reduced the volume of deliveries through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to a fifth of its capacity. On Wednesday, he stopped deliveries completely 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.
Siemens Energy subsequently stated that the oil leak at the turbine in the compressor station did not constitute a reason for the interruption of operations.
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. Gas pipelines are connected to it from Germany to the Czech Republic as well.
We will stop your gas and oil, Russia threatens EU countries
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.
The announcement that supplies will not yet resume comes shortly after European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen said a price cap could be imposed on pipeline gas imports from Russia.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev responded by announcing that Moscow would stop supplying gas to the Union in that case. “There will simply be no Russian gas in Europe,” he wrote on the Telegram social network.