Nord Stream 1: Germany fears a complete shutdown of Russian gas
German politicians and business circles have expressed fears that ten-day maintenance work on the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline could lead to an indefinite halt to Russian gas flows.
Russian state giant Gazprom is set to suspend gas flows through Nord Stream 1 for 10 days from Monday (July 11), citing technical reasons.
Rising tensions between Russia and the EU have made German politicians anxious about what is usually an annual routine.
With Russia having dramatically reduced gas flows through the pipeline in recent weeks, many politicians, including German Energy Minister Robert Habeck, believe Gazprom’s decision is purely political. Mr. Habeck said that Russia was gradually reducing gas flows to different countries.
In this context, many expect that the company will not restart flows in the pipeline at all after the ten-day shutdown.
“The question remains whether this ordinary maintenance turns into longer-term political maintenance”said the director of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, in a recent interview with Funke Mediengruppe.
With potential gas shortages already looming in the country, the return to service of Nord Stream 1 will determine the imminence and severity of the gas crisis in Germany.
“If gas flows from Russia are deliberately reduced for a longer period, we must seriously consider saving[du gaz]»underlined Müller.
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