Russian gaz giant Gazprom has announced that it will be decreasing daily gas delivery via its Nord Stream 1 pipeline to 33 million cubic meters beginning Wednesday.
This is roughly 20 percent of the pipeline’s capacity. The gas flow into Germany is at a mere 40 percent.
The company announced that it had stopped the operation of a different turbine because of the “technical situation on the motor”.
The total power for Nord Stream 1 can be more than 160 cubic meters of gasoline export every day. The turbine’s stoppage will result in a decrease in production capacity to 33 million cubic metres. Gazprom has stated that its capacity will be cut on Russia’s Portovaya compressor station.
“We monitor the situation closely and in close collaboration in close cooperation with Federal Network Agency and the gas crisis team,” officials from the German Economics Ministry said.
“According to our research there is no technical reason that would justify a decrease in deliveries,” it said.
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck told Germany’s dpa news agency that “Russia is violating agreements and blames others,” adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing a “duplicitous game.”
Moscow claims that the decrease in gas flow is due to technical and repair problems caused through European sanctions as a reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Germany claims that the cuts aren’t the result of technical issues or maintenance, but are a punishment to punish EU sanctions.
Nord Stream 1 begins north of Saint Petersburg in Russia and closes at a station in Greifswald in the northern Baltic Sea coast.
Russia’s energy dispute with Europe
Gazprom only began gas deliveries through the pipeline this week after it was closed over 10 consecutive days for scheduled maintenance.
The latest blow to gas supply comes after politicians across Europe are repeatedly stated that Russia might cut off gas supply in the coming winter.
Germany which is heavily dependent Russian gaz, been accused by the Kremlin of making use of energy as an “weapon.”
“Moscow is not flinching from using energy and grain deliveries to use as weapons. We need to be firm in defending ourselves,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said to journalists this week.
The previous Monday German Economic Minister Habeck declared the German Economy Minister Habeck said Putin is “trying to weaken the massive backing for Ukraine and to create a wedge in the society.”
“To accomplish this, he creates the fear of uncertainty and pushes prices up. We’re countering this with a united front and focused actions. We’re taking measures to make sure we get through snow,” Habeck added.
This morning, European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen announced that EU countries with gas reserves independently of Russia should show solidarity with those who are that are forced to reduce gas supply in the coming winter.
The next day, EU ministers will discuss the gas savings plan which calls on states that are members to cut back on the demand for gas by 15 percent. Von der Leyen told German news agency dpa, “Even member states which do not buy any Russian gas are not immune to the consequences of a possible supply cut on our internal market.”
Tensions over turbines
The announcement of Monday’s cutting comes after it was reported that the Russian company raised concerns about it being the returning of turbine that was maintained in Canada and said it was not happy with the documentation it received.
“Gazprom is aware of and has studied…the papers, yet it has to admit that they don’t eliminate the risks previously identified and raise more concerns,” it said in an announcement.
“Additionally there are unanswered questions from Gazprom about sanctions from the EU as well as UK sanctions The resolution of which is crucial for the transfer for the transfer of engine Russia and for the urgent overhaul of the other gas turbine engines at Portovaya,” the statement said. Portovaya compressor plant,” the statement said.
The turbine manufacturer Siemens has dismissed the worries, saying that the turbine being transported across Canada in Germany could be delivered as soon as possible.
“The regular maintenance and repair of our engines is a regular process. In the past decade of maintaining, there are no significant issues,” Siemens Energy said and added that Gazprom did not have the documents required for customs.
This week Putin appeared to be announcing the latest cut . He stated: “There are two functioning machines here. There are 60 million cubic meters of water that they pump of water per every day … If they do not return one then there will be another that’s thirty million cubic meters.”
Russian power company Gazprom has announced that it plans to further cut natural gas flow rates through a major pipeline that connects Europe up to 20% capacity, citing repairs to equipment. The announcement raises the possibility about the possibility that Russia could shut off gas to gain an opportunity to gain political influence over the conflict in Ukraine while Europe is trying to strengthen its storage capacity for winter.
The Russian state-owned company announced that it was cutting the daily capacity for Nord Stream 1. Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany to 33 million cubic meters by Wednesday. It also said that it would shut down a turbine to make repairs. The Director of Germany’s regulator of networks, Klaus Mueller, confirmed that the pipeline’s flow was scheduled to be cut by half.
Deliveries were 40% capacity when Nord Stream 1 reopened last week after the scheduled 10 days maintenance. The German government has said that it does not accept the idea that technical issues will cause further gas cuts.
Russian president Vladimir Putin is playing a dangerous strategy, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said to the news agency dpa. Putin is trying to derail the huge backing for Ukraine and create the society into a corner. To achieve this, he creates the fear of uncertainty and raises prices. We’re responding by focusing our efforts and unified actions.
Natural gas can keep the industry moving, create electricity, and to heat homes during winter months, and fears are mounting about a recession should Europe doesn’t reserve enough gas, and rationing is needed to survive the winter months. The price of energy has been rising for months, and have been soaring again following Gazprom’s announcement, which has led to inflation that has drained consumers’ spending power.
The reduction in energy consumption should not be shocking, according to Simone Tagliapietra, an energy expert from the Bruegel the think tank located in Brussels.
Russia has been playing a game of strategy here. It is more effective than a complete cut-off as it alters the market and maximizes the geopolitical effect,” he said.
Russia is known to have shut off or cut down natural gas supplies to 12 European Union countries. The aim is to cut down on gas usage in order to create storage for winter storage, with the EU suggesting that member states voluntary reduce their consumption by 15% in the next months. The EU also wants the power to mandate cuts across the entire 27-nation bloc in case there’s a chance of a major gas shortage or extremely large demand.
However, Spain and Portugal declared that they would not support the mandatory cuts, pointing out limited energy connections to other countries in Europe and the use of Russian gas that is far less than the level of countries such as Germany or Italy. Diplomats are trying to find the best way to ensure EU unity in advance of an emergency summit on Tuesday.
Gazprom’s latest reduction will increase pressure on EU ministers of energy to sign an acceptable agreement,” Tagliapietra said. This issue can’t be delayed for any longer.”
Russia recently has provided approximately one-third of Germany’s gas supply. The German government announced last week that the decrease in gas flows proved Germany isn’t able to depend on Russian supplies, and announced that it would increase the storage of gas and adopt steps to reduce the consumption of gas supplies.
Gazprom has raised concerns earlier on Monday regarding the return of a second turbine that was at the heart of Nord Stream 1 tensions, declaring it was not satisfied with the information it’s received.
Gazprom initially cut the flow of gas through this pipeline to 60% by the middle of June. The company claimed that there were technical issues related to the part its partner Siemens Energy sent to Canada to be overhauled. It was not returned due to sanctions.
Canada later granted the turbine to the compressor station on the pipeline’s Russian end to be sent to Germany in the same location, which is what the German government stated it was this week.
The Russian energy firm claimed that issues related to EU as well as British sanctions are still unresolved for Gazprom even though it was essential for delivering the turbine and performing major repairs to other turbine engines at the compressor station. The company later tweeted the shutdown of another gas turbine engine made through Siemens Energy.
Germany claims that all parties are informed that the original component is not affected by EU sanctions. Siemens Energy said turbine maintenance is routine and that over the last 10-year period, there has not been any significant issues as reported by dpa.
The company has stated that the transport of the turbine was ready and will begin immediately and it informed Gazprom it had all required documents at the start of last week.
What’s missing is the required documents required for customs import to Russia, Siemens Energy said in an announcement, adding that this information must be provided by the client.