Gas deliveries to Germany via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline are not starting on Saturday “as planned”, Russian state energy company Gazprom said. However, Gazprom has not given any time frame as to when the gas supply can be resumed.
Gazprom had earlier informed that the gas supply will be stopped for three days for the repair work of the pipeline. Accordingly, gas supply was supposed to resume from Saturday.
But Gazprom now says the fault has been detected at the Portovia compressor station on the Baltic Sea coast. Oil is leaking from there. Turbine engine damaged. Gas cannot be supplied until the problem is rectified.
Gazprom also released a photo of the compressor station. Gas is delivered to Germany, Russia’s biggest buyer in Europe, through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline that runs under the Baltic Sea.
Russia has previously cut gas supplies to Europe significantly through this pipeline.
European countries have already feared that Moscow is cutting gas supplies in response to Western sanctions over the attack on Ukraine, and that they may not restart gas supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
In the meantime, Gazprom said it could not start the pipeline on schedule. Western countries complain that Russia is using energy as a weapon of war. However, Moscow has denied such allegations.