Russia fulfills its threat and closes the gas tap to Europe indefinitely

The supply through the ‘Nord Stream 1’ gas pipeline, key to the arrival of gas in central Europe, will remain interrupted until further notice, according to Gazprom due to a series of technical problems that make it impossible to reopen. “Until the malfunction of the equipment is eliminated, the transit of gas through the Nord Stream gas pipeline is completely suspendedGazprom reported on its Telegram account.

The announcement comes a day before the Russian gas company had to resume supplying gas to Europe through the gas pipeline -which was already operating at only 20% of its capacity- after completing three days of maintenance on a compressor station turbine. The Russian gas giant had already temporarily paralyzed supply for maintenance reasons and, this Friday, explained that new problems in the only turbine that was still working. Specifically, the company has reported an oil leak in a statement, so the gas flow will not resume this Saturday as planned, reports the Interfax agency.

According to the gas company, representatives of the Siemens company, in charge of the maintenance of the Nord Stream turbines, verified the presence of the fault. At the same time, the Federal Service for Technical Supervision of Russia (Rostejnadzor) warned that the problem detected did not allow to guarantee the exploitation turbine safety.

“In this sense, it is necessary take the corresponding measuress and suspend operations of the Trent 60 turbine in connection with the serious violations that have been detected,” the note said. According to Gazprom, similar oil leaks had been detected in the past at three other turbines.

The complete elimination of oil leaks in these devices is “only possible” in a specialized workshop, adds the Russian consortium, citing Siemens. This week, the president of Gazprom, Alexei Miller, said this week that the repair of the Nord Stream turbines andn a specialized factory is now impossible due to western sanctions.

“Siemens currently practically is unable to provide regular reviews of our turbines. Siemens simply has nowhere to carry out this work,” Miller told Russian public television. The Kremlin warned today that the reliability of the Nord Stream gas pipeline is in jeopardy, as there is no reserve equipment that can replace those that are leaving. being out of service.

“There are no technological reserves, only one turbine is working. Do the calculations,” said the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov. Previously, Peskov said that due to Western sanctions, the pipeline’s technical equipment cannot be renewed and the turbines that have been repaired cannot be returned to Russia without guarantees that they are not under the sanctioning regime.

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