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Russia Officially Halts Natural Gas Flows Via Nord Stream 1

Russian Gazprom has officially halted gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, cutting off flows completely to Germany for a period of maintenance that began at 01:00 GMT Wednesday and is scheduled to end at 01:00 GMT on Saturday.

Fears are mounting across the European Union that Russia will delay flows beyond September 3rd as the Kremlin continues to use natural gas as a weapon against Western sanctions - an allegation Moscow has repeatedly denied.

Gazprom has said the cutoff would be temporary, as planned, noting that the pipeline would restart after three days “provided that no malfunctions are identified”, as reported by the New York Times.

Once flows are restored in three days, according to Gazprom, it will be 20% of the pipeline’s capacity - the same level of capacity since flows were restored following July’s maintenance.

This is the second time in as many months that Gazprom has halted supplies on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. In July, flows were halted for maintenance for a period of 10 days, but capacity was limited, with Gazprom claiming paperwork delays for a turbine held up by sanctions in Canada, and Europe claiming Moscow was using this move in a game of leverage.

Europe has been scrambling to fill its gas storage ahead of the winter months and is now on track to achieve its goals two months ahead of schedule.

Inventory data from Gas Infrastructure Europe on Sunday showed that the European Union had filled its winter reserves to 79.94%, while it is targeting 80% by the first of November, according to Business Insider.

The European Union is closer to potentially intervening in the bloc’s electricity market as energy prices soar ahead of what would be a difficult winter for EU consumers and businesses.

Earlier this week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the bloc was working out an emergency plan for intervening in energy markets, saying that soaring electricity prices were “exposing, for different reasons, the limitations of our current electricity market design”.

“We need a new market model for electricity that really functions and brings us back into balance,” the EC president said.  

By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com

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  • Jim Beem on August 31 2022 said:
    The rhetoric coming from these EU, UN, WEF, and USA NWO politicians is laughable.
    If they accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, then they have to stand for trial for weaponizing the financial system against Russia first.

    Germany and the EU, and their cohort Biden, blatantly provoked Russia over many years by pushing NATO to their border. How would the USA respond if the Chinese PLA set up a military base on the Mexican border with California? I think the answer is very obvious as to the double standard at work here.

    Recently, the NWO &amp;quot;Great Reset&amp;quot; oligarchy pushed Russia further by seizing their assets. Even Russian citizens worldwide are having their boats and other properties seized. Making it far worse, the USA and EU are sending the most advanced weapons to Ukraine, prolonging a war and causing many on both sides to die unnecessarily, without changing the eventual outcome. It reeks of spite and hate for Russia by the NWO oligarchy. My pet theory is the NWO types are angling for forced access to the vast natural resources under control of Russia.

    Hence, I have little sympathy for the EU and their energy plight. It is of their own making.
  • DoRight Deikins on August 31 2022 said:
    «“We need a new market model for electricity that really functions and brings us back into balance,” the EC president said.»

    When a government bureaucrat says that, I hear more control. It's not like they are responsible for the situation they are in.

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