Russian state-owned company Gazprom announced that gas supplies from Russia to Europe would be cut off completely for three days at the end of August citing routine maintenance.
MOSCOW,- Russian state-owned company Gazprom announced that gas supplies from Russia to Europe will stop completely for three days at the end of August due to routine maintenance.
“On August 31, 2022, the only functioning Trent 60 gas compressor unit will be shut down for three days for scheduled preventive maintenance and maintenance. A series of routine maintenance in accordance with the current maintenance contract will be carried out in collaboration with Siemens specialists,” a Gazprom statement said, as reported by Tass, Friday (19/8/2022).
After completing the work and the absence of technical damage to the unit, gas transportation will be returned to level 33 cubic meters per day, says Gazprom.
“According to Siemens technical documentation, every 1,000 hours it is necessary to carry out unit maintenance, which includes: checking the casing for cracks, holes, deformation, burn points, cleaning the casing; inspection of the supply system for oil, air, exhaust combustion gases until there is a leak, tightening connections and eliminating the cause of leaks; checking the performance of the safety valves and setting the airflow control system,” said Gazprm.
There has been no response from Europe, which has received Russian gas supplies.
Illustration. The Russian gas pipeline Nordstream 2, which runs from Russia to Germany, passes through many European countries.
Against this backdrop, gas prices in Europe during trading on London’s ICE exchange on Friday jumped more than 5 percent and for the first time since early March exceeded USD 2,700 per 1,000 cubic meters.
Since July 27, the Nord . gas pipeline has been used at 20 percent of its maximum capacity due to the shutdown of several gas turbines.
One of them, made in Canada by Siemens Energy, was sent to Montreal for repair.
Due to Ottawa sanctions against Moscow, the manufacturer initially refused to return the repaired equipment to Germany, but after numerous requests, Canada decided to return it.
On July 25, Gazprom announced the forced shutdown of another gas turbine engine at the Portovaya compressor station due to the expiration of the time between repairs.