Germany receives Russian gas again via Nord Stream 1

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After ten days of interruption, the Russian company Gazprom has restored this Thursday the supply through the gas pipeline

EP Thursday, 21 July 2022, 08:48

The Russian gas company Gazprom has restored this Thursday the gas supply through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline after being stopped for ten days for maintenance work, as reported by an infrastructure spokesman to the German agency DPA.

Gazprom announced on July 11 the interruption of the flow of gas through the gas pipeline linking Russia and northern Germany, alleging delays in repair works. Moscow blamed Western sanctions for the delays, an argument rejected by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. German authorities feared that the Kremlin would use the Nord Stream 1 outage to blackmail the European Union. In fact, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed last Tuesday to launch the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to increase gas supply to Europe.

“We have another route prepared: it is the Nord Stream 2. It can be launched,” Putin declared when talking about the possibilities to solve the energy crisis in Europe, as reported by the TASS news agency. The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, assured that Russia was using energy “as a weapon”, and urged the Twenty-seven to “be prepared” and save gas for “a safe winter”. “Russia is blackmailing us, Russia is using energy as a weapon. For this reason, whether the cuts are partial or total, Europe needs to be prepared,” Von der Leyen proclaimed.

On the afternoon of this Wednesday, the Russian state company assured that it had no documentary evidence of the delivery by Siemens of the gas turbine necessary for the Portovaya compression station, in the Baltic Sea, recalling its direct impact on the “safe operation” of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline. “Gazprom has not yet received any official document from Siemens to supply a gas turbine engine for Portovaya CS under Canadian and EU sanctions,” the Russian company said, stressing that it returned to request Siemens to provide such documents.

At the beginning of July, the Canadian government announced that it would deliver the turbine to Germany, necessary to transport gas by Nord Stream from Russia and whose return had been temporarily suspended as a result of the sanctions imposed on Moscow for the war in Ukraine.

Canadian authorities specified that the part, reconditioned at a Siemens plant in Montreal, would be delivered to German workers and not directly to Russia, as originally planned.

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