The Russian company “Gazprom” announced, on September 2, the suspension of gas supplies through the natural gas pipeline “Nord Stream” completely until the pipeline turbine is repaired, as it was intended to resume work on September 3, after the maintenance process.
Gazprom said in a statement that it discovered an oil leak in the turbine during the maintenance process and stated that, until the completion of the repair, the transportation of gas through Nord Stream is suspended.
The former Russian president and deputy head of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, had threatened that Moscow would “stop gas supplies to Europe” as Brussels headed to set a ceiling price of Russian gas.
In response to the statements of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, about setting a ceiling on the price that Europe pays for Russian gas, Dmitry Medvedev wrote on the Telegram application. “There will simply be no Russian gas in Europe”.
On September 3, the Kremlin announced that the work of the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which supplies Europe, was “threatened” due to a lack of spare parts because of the sanctions imposed on Moscow due to the war in Ukraine.
“Technically speaking, there are no precautions- only one turbine is working,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. He added, “The reliability of the operation of the entire system is under threat,” stressing that this is not the result of a “mistake from Gazprom”, the Russian Group that provides supplies through the pipeline.
Moscow has severely reduced gas supplies to Europeans since the start of the military offensive on Ukraine at the end of February in response to Western sanctions imposed on it.
On August 30, the Russian giant Gazprom Group announced the suspension of its gas shipments to the French Group Engie “completely”, stressing that it had not paid July shipments.
On the other hand, Gazprom suspended, on August 31, its supplies via Nord Stream, which transports gas from Russia to northern Germany and from there to other European countries.
In light of the growing concerns over supplies, especially with the approach of winter, European countries are seeking to find other suppliers and reduce their gas consumption amid a sharp rise in prices in the market.