The supply of gas from Russia to Germany will be interrupted from this Monday for ten days due to maintenance work on the facilities of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea, the most important connection for natural gas flows to Germany, according to Europa Press.
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The gas will stop flowing at 06:00 (local time) on Monday and is scheduled to resume in the early morning of July 21. However, officials are very concerned that supply may not be restored due to the war in Ukraine.
Russia's state-owned company Gazprom has already sharply reduced supply volumes through the 1,200-kilometre gas pipeline between Russia and northern Germany, citing delays in repair work. Moscow blamed Western sanctions for the delays, an argument rejected by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
At 40% capacity
The gas pipeline was only used at 40% of its capacity, which caused further price increases in the gas market, according to the German Federal Network Agency.
The operator has scheduled ten days for the shutdown of Nord Stream 1, to check and repair or recalibrate the power supply, fire and gas protection systems and certain valves, as necessary.
The maintenance work comes at a time when Germany is urgently trying to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, while filling storage tanks for the coming winter.