The Russian gas giant Gazprom announced on Monday a new reduction in gas supplies through the Nord Stream gas pipeline, to 33 million cubic meters per day, starting on July 27, due to the need to stop another turbine due to its technical condition. . “As of 7:00 Moscow time, the daily productivity of the Portóvaya pumping station will be 33 million cubic meters per day,” the company reported on its Telegram channel.
Gazprom linked this new reduction to the technical condition of a turbine after the deadline for a new capital repair, as stipulated by technical standards.
Russia currently supplies only 40% of usual gas standards as it awaits the return of one of its Siemens turbines, which was blocked in Canada due to sanctions over the Russian military campaign in Ukraine and is currently on its way to lap.
The process has been hampered by demands from Gazprom, which claims that the documentation provided by Canada and Germany does not eliminate the risks linked to sanctions and “generate additional questions”in particular, those related to the future repair of other turbines.
In the middle of June, Gazprom reduced its gas supply capacity to 33%, up to 67 million cubic meters per day, also due to the need to stop a turbine for repairs, and in July it stopped pumping for “planned maintenance work”. After a ten-day break that ended on July 21, Nord Stream started with a capacity of 40%, which will be reduced by half from this Wednesday.
Germany affirms that there are no technical reasons for the gas cut
According to the German government, Gazprom’s reduction in gas flow is not for “technical reasons”. “We have taken note of the announcement. We are monitoring the situation very closely in close contact with the Federal Network Agency and the gas crisis team,” according to a statement from the German Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection. “According to our information there are no technical reasons for a reduction in shipments,” the ministry note added.
“Sanctions clearance requirements for the delivery of the turbine in question have been met. Canada has granted the waiver required by Canadian law. Under EU sanctions law, no waiver is required,” the note explains. in connection with the device delivered to Gazprom to operate the Nord Stream gas pipeline.