Manufacturers brace for Nord Stream repairs, fearing pipeline won’t reopen

PARIS — European automakers are bracing for potential natural gas rationing that would force them to halt production, fearing Russia is about to cut off gas deliveries through its main artery to Europe.

On Monday, the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which stretches 760 miles from northwest Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany, will go into annual maintenance for 10 days, repairs that are common in peacetime. European officials say Moscow, which has already cut gas deliveries to 40% of the pipeline’s capacity, may not return it to service.


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