Russia has started sending gas to Europe again through its largest pipeline, even though it had said it might cut back or stop sending gas altogether.
After 10 days of maintenance, the Nord Stream 1 pipeline started up again, but at a lower level.
On Wednesday, the European Commission told countries that if Russia cuts off Europe’s gas supply, they should cut their gas use by 15% over the next seven months. Last year, Russia gave Europe 40% of its natural gas needs.
Germany was the biggest importer on the continent in 2020, but it now only gets 35% of its gas from Russia instead of 55%. In the long run, it wants to stop getting all of its gas from Russia. Germany was the biggest importer on the continent in 2020, but it now only gets 35% of its gas from Russia instead of 55%. Eventually, it wants to stop getting all of its gas from Russia.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin tried to calm people’s fears by saying that the state gas company Gazprom would do everything it was supposed to do. His spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russia was not using gas as a way to pressure other countries. But the pipeline is only delivering 40% of its capacity, and the head of Germany’s network regulator said that the gas flows were not a sign that things were getting better.
Gazprom stopped the flow of gas through Nord Stream 1 last month. They said that a key piece of equipment that had been fixed in Canada was late coming back because of sanctions.
Now, people think that the turbine is on its way back to Russia, but recently, President Putin said that if it isn’t returned, more cuts would have to be made to the supply.
He has also mentioned that, according to Russia’s Tass news agency, another machine will soon be sent into service.