Gazprom confirms stop of gas pumping through Nord Stream during scheduled works

Gas supplies via Nord Stream have been completely stopped, today scheduled work begins at the gas pumping unit of the Portovaya compressor station (CS), Gazprom confirmed.

Earlier, the shutdown of the Nord Stream became known from the data of the pipeline operator Nord Stream AG and the operators of the German gas transmission systems (GTS). The flow of gas through the pipeline was stopped from 04:00 Moscow time, as announced by Gazprom, although the Nord Stream AG website shows small remnants of the gas flow until 05:00 Moscow time.

“Supply via Nord Stream has been completely stopped, and today scheduled preventive work on the gas pumping unit begins,” the company said on its Telegram channel.

The suspension is due to routine maintenance at the only working gas pumping unit at the Portovaya compressor station Trent 60, which will last for three days – approximately until 04:00 Moscow time on September 3. They will be conducted by specialists from Gazprom and Siemens. The German company, in accordance with the technical documentation, needs to service the unit every thousand hours: inspect and clean the housing, check the safety valves and adjust the airflow control system.

A three-day shutdown of the pipeline will deprive Europe of almost 100 million cubic meters of Russian gas, which corresponds to two days of filling underground storage facilities in the region. After completion of the work, in the absence of technical malfunctions in the unit, gas transportation will be restored to the level of 33 million cubic meters per day.

Last week, exchange prices for gas exceeded the mark of $3,500 per thousand cubic meters, a record high since March of this year. Such a rise in prices in European markets is due to uncertainty about the supply.

Nord Stream has been operating with restrictions since mid-June, and since the end of July, it has been operating at only 20 percent of its nearly 170 million cubic meters of throughput capacity per day. The Russian side emphasized that the decrease in supplies was due solely to sanctions, which caused problems with the maintenance and repair of Siemens gas pumping units. Now only one turbine provides the work of the highway.

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