Russian gas supplies via Nord Stream 1 are expected to resume on Thursday
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian gas supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline are expected to resume as planned on Thursday after annual maintenance activities are completed, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. A gas pipeline that accounts for more than a third of Russian natural gas exports to the European Union has been shut since July 11. Brussels does not expect Nord Stream 1 to return to service on time, the Wall Street Journal quoted EU budget commissioner Johannes Hahn as saying on Tuesday. The sources, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the pipeline was expected to resume operations on Thursday, but its capacity was below about 160 million cubic meters per day. Gazprom, the Kremlin-controlled Russian energy company, has cut gas exports through Nord Stream 1 by 40% since mid-June. “They (Gazprom) will return to the levels seen before July 11,” one of the sources said of gas levels expected from Thursday.
Gazprom and Nord Stream 1 did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.
(Reuters report, French edition by Laetitia Volga, editing by Sophie Louet)
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