At the end of July, Gazprom will shut down another unit for repairs at the Portovaya compressor station. Gas pipeline pumping may fall to 33 million cubic meters. m per day.
Gas pumping through the Nord Stream-1 gas pipeline can be reduced to 1/5 of the capacity – that is, up to 33 million cubic meters. m per day – if one of the Siemens gas turbines, after the exhaustion of its resource, is not replaced by a repaired one in Canada. This is what Russian President Vladimir Putin said, answering questions from journalists in Tehran, Interfax reported on Wednesday, July 20.
He noted that at the end of July, approximately July 26, Gazprom should stop another unit for repairs at the Portovaya compressor station. If the repaired turbine does not return from Canada by then, pumping on the main line will be reduced to 33 million cubic meters. m per day.
According to him, in Nord Stream-1, before the temporary closure of both branches of the gas pipeline on July 11, two of the five gas compressor units manufactured by Siemens were operating. At the same time, about 60 million cubic meters were pumped. m per day. A turbine has not returned from a major overhaul at a plant in Montreal for a long time, due to sanctions imposed by Canada against the Russian Federation. As a result, Ottawa agreed to make an exception from these sanctions and ship the turbine to Germany.
However, today, Putin said, approximately on July 26, Gazprom will have to stop another unit for repairs.
“If one more (turbine) comes, it’s good. Two will work. If it doesn’t come, there will be one, only 30 million cubic meters per day,” the Russian president said.
At the same time, he placed the responsibility for the reduction of supplies on the leaders of Europe.
“We closed one route, the second route, put these gas pumping units under sanctions. Gazprom is ready to pump as much as necessary. Gazprom has always fulfilled, is fulfilling and wants to fulfill all its obligations. Our partners are trying to transfer their own mistakes to Gazprom – this is baseless without reason,” Putin said.
On the eve of the media it was reported that the volume of exports through the Nord Stream-1 gas pipeline will decrease after Russia resumes gas supplies on Thursday, July 21.
At the same time, the European Commission suggests that it is not worth waiting for the restart of the Nord Stream-1 gas pipeline after the annual 10-day maintenance. This is what European Commissioner for Budget Johannes Hahn said in a briefing in Singapore.
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