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Gazprom will drastically reduce gas supplies to Europe



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The Russian group Gazprom announced on Monday that it will stop, for maintenance, another turbine in the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which means a new drastic reduction in Russian gas supplies to Europe, Reuters and AFP inform.

Gazprom specified that, starting Wednesday, gas deliveries via Nord Stream 1 will drop to 33 million cubic meters per day, which means that Nord Stream 1 will operate at only 20% of capacity.

This new strike comes at a time of heightened tensions between Russia and the West over the invasion of Ukraine. The European Union has accused Russia of practicing energy blackmail, while the Kremlin claims that the reduction in gas supplies is the result of maintenance work and the consequences of Western sanctions.

Last week, Gazprom resumed deliveries of Russian gas to Germany via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline after a 10-day maintenance period, but the pipeline is currently operating at only 40% of capacity, a level Russia says is due to delays. in the return of a turbine that Siemens Energy sent for service in Canada. The explanation from Gazprom was criticized by European politicians, as the German authorities informed that the turbine sent for service in Canada would not be used until September.

The Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline has a capacity of 167 million cubic meters per day and is an important route for the gas supply of Germany and other Western European countries. According to the website of the Nord Stream company, the gases that arrive in Germany, in the city of Lubmin, then continue to be transported to Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands and “other countries”.