Russia says it is cutting fuel Nord Stream to 20% of capacity – India Times English News

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Russia’s Gazprom said on Monday it could reduce net fuel flow through a critical pipeline in Europe by as much as 20 percent of capacity, citing kit repairs.

The Russian state-owned firm tweeted that it could reduce the “day-to-day throughput” of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in Germany to 33 million cubic meters by Wednesday. Germany’s top community regulator confirmed the exemption.

Klaus Müller tweeted: “Nominations for NordStream1 have been put on hold for the day before.”

It comes as Gazprom raised questions on Monday regarding the return of an element amid tensions over pure fuel delivery through the pipeline, saying it was not happy with the paperwork it received.

The company reduced fuel flow through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline by 60% in mid-June, citing alleged technical issues, including sending Siemens Vitality to Canada for an overhaul and sanctions over Russia’s invasion. could not be returned because of Ukraine.

Canada later allowed the turbine to be delivered to Germany for a compressor station on the Russian finish of the pipeline. And the German government said it was last week.

Its return to Russia has turned into a longer saga, underscoring tensions over the conflict and raising the opportunity for much less fuel flowing through the pipeline from the bottom of the Baltic Sea to Germany. Gasoline is used to keep business buzzing, generate electricity and heat homes in the winter, and could lead to some potential recession if Europe does not save enough fuel and rations are needed during the colder months. growing problem.

Germany has repeatedly rejected Gazprom’s technical rationalization for fuel rebates, saying it was purely an excuse for uncertainty and the Kremlin’s political determination to raise the cost of additional power. It has said the turbine was an option envisioned to be installed only in September.

Deliveries stood at 40% of full capacity when Nord Stream 1 reopened after 10 days of scheduled maintenance last week.

In a press release on Twitter on Monday, Gazprom said it had obtained paperwork for the turbines issued by Canadian authorities, but after finding them, “need to conclude that they pose previously identified hazards”. do not eliminate and give rise to further questions.”

It additionally emphasized that the points relating to EU and British sanctions “remain unresolved for Gazprom,” although the decision was made for a similar compressor station to “distribute turbines and suppress the main reinstallation of various turbine engines”. is important.

The company said it had sought “immediate assistance” from Siemens Vitality to clarify. Germany says it has informed everyone involved that half is not subject to EU sanctions, and Siemens Vitality said it had no replacement.

The German government said last week that the reduction in fuel flows confirmed that the country could not depend on Russian deliveries, adding that it could increase its fuel storage requirements and take additional measures to save a lot of fuel. could. Russia has recently accounted for some third of the country’s fuel supply.

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