RAfter the temporary shutdown of the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 1, uss’s energy giant Gazprom continues to pump its gas via Ukraine to Europe despite the war. The delivery volume agreed for Wednesday is 41.3 million cubic meters and thus not even half of the possible volume. This emerges from reports from the Ukrainian gas network operator and Gazprom.
More would probably be possible
The volume corresponded to that of the past few days, although larger volumes could actually be passed through the shutdown of Nord Stream 1 for maintenance work until July 21.
According to the contract, daily deliveries of 109.6 million cubic meters through Ukraine to Europe are possible. According to the Russian news agency Interfax, Gazprom complains that Ukraine only allows deliveries through one line. The gas will only be let through at the Sudscha measuring station.
Gazprom’s plans for the Sokhranovka transit route have been rejected, company spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov said. In view of the war, Ukraine had declared that it no longer had control of an important compressor station there. According to Gazprom, however, the functioning of the systems is not affected. Transit could also continue there.
Nord Stream 1 was temporarily shut down for maintenance on Monday. In view of fears in Germany that Russia might not be able to turn on the gas tap again, a Kremlin spokesman stressed last week that the energy superpower wanted to meet its contractual obligations.
Gazprom had recently severely throttled the transmission through Nord Stream 1. The reason given was a missing turbine that had been sent to Canada for repairs. Canada now wants to hand over the turbine to Germany. According to the Kremlin, the delivery volumes through Nord Stream 1 are to be ramped up again as soon as the turbine is used again. It is unclear when that will be. Most recently, around 40 percent of the usual amount of gas was passed through because of the missing turbine.