FT learned of Germany’s fear of a complete shutdown of gas supplies by Russia
FT: Germany fears Russia will cut off Nord Stream for technical reasons Germany fears that by shutting down Nord Stream in July for two weeks for maintenance, Russia will not make up for the gas deficit over this period, as it did earlier through Ukraine and Poland, or completely stop deliveries
The German government fears that Russia could use the annual technical maintenance of Nord Stream to completely cut off gas supplies to the country, writes The Financial Times, citing German officials .
“The situation with [gas] supplies is quite tense even without shutting off Nord Stream,” — one of them said. However, the “technical” shutting down the gas pipeline would significantly undermine Berlin's efforts to fill gas storage facilities ahead of the winter heating season, the sources added.
Thus, the Russian pipeline will be closed for about two weeks from mid-July for annual technical work. As Karsten Rolle, a member of the German business confederation BDI, noted, in previous years Gazprom made up for the lack of gas due to maintenance of Nord Stream by sending more gas to Germany through Ukraine or via the Yamal pipeline – Europe through Poland.
“There are fears that they will not do this this year . They have already reduced flows through Nord Stream 1 by 60% and did not compensate for this by increasing flows through other pipelines,— he said.
Rolle also admitted that Gazprom may use scheduled maintenance as an excuse to cut off gas supplies for a much longer period, “citing various technical reasons.”
Markus Krebber, chief executive of the German energy company RWE, considered the decision to flow» “political”.
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According to the publication, Germany may reopen mothballed coal-fired power plants to boost the country's energy supply.
RBC sent a request to a representative of Gazprom.
“Gazprom” On June 14, he announced a reduction in gas supplies through Nord Stream; from 167 million to 100 million cubic meters m per day, explaining this by the “untimely return of gas pumping units from repair by Siemens” at the compressor station “Portovaya”. The next day Gazprom decommissioned another gas turbine engine, reducing the volume of pumping to 67 million cubic meters. m of gas per day.
Siemens noted that the turbines for Nord Stream Produced by Canada. Now one engine is being repaired in Montreal, and it is impossible to return the repaired units due to Canadian sanctions.
The head of Gazprom Alexey Miller said on June 16 that due to the Ottawa sanctions, Siemens could not pick up the repaired units. According to him, as of today, there is no way to solve the supply problem.
Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson said that Ottawa is studying ways to resume gas supplies to Germany via Nord Stream ;, since the purpose of the sanctions is not “causing significant pain to Germany.”
He later assured that the G7 countries would discuss the problem with the German Siemens gas turbine at the June 26 & ndash; 28 summit in Berlin, indicating that in Germany “very concerned” reduction of gas supplies.
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