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Nord Stream pipeline will be shut down for 10 days — RT Business News

The German government is alarmed by the upcoming maintenance of a major Russian gas pipeline, fearing the flow of gas will not be restored, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

According to the newspaper, Gazprom’s 60% cut in gas flow last week due to a technical problem with parts adds to fears that the supply could be cut off altogether. It comes as Europe tries to replenish its gas reserves ahead of the winter season.

Gazprom’s Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline is serviced every year in mid-July. Dates for the work were confirmed earlier this month to run from July 11 to July 21, with Germany’s Federal Network Agency warning that during the 10-day period transporting gas through the pipeline would be impossible.

In recent years, the shortage of supply linked to maintenance via Nord Stream has been compensated by an increase in flows passing through Ukraine or Poland. However, various officials and industry representatives have told the FT they fear Russia will do so this time around, leaving the continent facing gas shortages.

The German government declared on Thursday the second “alarm” level of its three-level gas emergency plan. According to the Federal Network Agency, the gas supply situation is currently stable, but if Russian supplies via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline remain at the current low level, Germany will struggle to fill its storage to 90% by December without additional measures.

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