Gas Russia, Gazprom announces total stop at Nord Stream 1

Leak found at Portovaya station. “The station will remain closed until the necessary repairs are made”

The Russian energy giant Gazprom has announced the suspension of the pumping activities of gas liquefied at the Portovaya plant, north-west of St. Petersburg, at the start of the Nordstream 1 pipeline that transports undersea gas to Germany.

A note states that it was oil leak was revealed at the north turbine of Portovaya station and therefore cannot operate safely due to the damage suffered. For this reason, the text continues without indicating a reopening date, the station will remain closed until the necessary repairs are carried out.

In the morning it was Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov who warned that the full resumption of export activities in Europe from the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline was at risk, because only one turbine was in operation at the main station. “There is only one turbine that works. You do the calculations,” he said, explaining that there is no spare equipment to replace those that are out of service. Peskov had previously indicated Western sanctions as a cause of impeding the maintenance of the pipeline . ” It is not Gazprom’s fault ”, he added, but ” the operation ” of the gas pipeline which was supposed to resume exporting gas to Germany at 4 am tomorrow morning is in danger.

For his part, the vice-president of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev – commenting on the appeal launched by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen to introduce a gas price cap had warned that Russian gas “will not exist in Europe. if the EU decides to introduce a price cap “. “It will be like with oil. There will simply be no Russian gas in Europe,” Medvedev said.