Germany has said it can manage the three-day shutdown of Nord Stream 1 and believes Russia will restart the pipeline once maintenance is complete.
“I think we can handle it,” Klaus Mueller, director of the Federal Network Agency (BNA), said in an interview. Reuters today. “I believe Russia Nord Stream 1 will be running again at at least 20% capacity on September 2, but no one can say in advance. “
BNA manages Germany’s electricity, gas, telecommunications, postal and railway markets.
The comments came hours after Russian energy group Gazprom stop completely The Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany will undergo maintenance over three days and is expected to be completed on September 3 at 1am GMT (8am Hanoi).
Gazprom said that once the repairs are complete, gas transmission will resume to 33 million cubic meters per day, or 20 percent of the pipeline’s maximum capacity, if there are no technical problems with the installation.
Germany, which relies heavily on Russian gas, has accused Moscow of using energy as a “weapon”. Gazprom deemed the three-day maintenance “essential” and had to be done “every 1,000 hours of operation”.
Nord Stream 1 is Russia’s largest gas pipeline from the Baltic Sea to Germany, transporting around 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually. Nord Stream 1 has been operating at a reduced capacity since July, citing technical problems on the Russian side and warnings that many turbines need maintenance.
Germany is Race Reduce reliance on Russian gas supplies. In Lubmin, where Nord Stream 1 begins its connection to the mainland, German officials are drawing up plans to turn the coastal city into a receiving point for liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The LNG is then converted into conventional gas and pumped into the distribution system of German pipeline network operator Gascade.
“We hope to be able to pump gas into the distribution system from December 1,” said Deutsche ReGas, Lubmin’s LNG project manager. Deutsche ReGas believes it can import as much as 4.5 billion cubic meters of gas at the Lubmin LNG terminal, accounting for about 8% of Nord Stream 1 capacity.
To prevent potential energy shortages, Berlin also set a series of targets in July to help gas reserves reach 95% capacity by November.German economy minister Robert Harbeck Inventory is filling faster than expected, and it aims to reach 85% of storage capacity by October, “possibly as early as September,” it said on Aug. 28.
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