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Russian gas supplies to EU drop via all routes, except TurkStream | EurActiv |

'Force majeure'

According to a letter seen by Reuters on Monday, Gazprom has declared force majeure on gas supplies to Europe to its bigger customer, namely Germany.

The letter said Gazprom, which has a monopoly on Russian gas exports by pipeline, could not fulfil its supply obligations owing to "extraordinary" circumstances outside its control.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 18th, 2022 at 10:05:22 PM EST
So playing nice with Russia isn't actually working out. Hope Germany has been filling up its reserves as fast as possible! Could be a pretty cold winter.
by asdf on Tue Jul 19th, 2022 at 02:41:45 PM EST
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I mean, did we? Stealing their dragon hoard is probably not the best move if you want them to keep sending gas.
by generic on Tue Jul 19th, 2022 at 10:23:13 PM EST
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euronews | Gas flows through Nord Stream to resume after 10-day maintenance, 19 July
Gazprom is expected to restart gas flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline Thursday, after the completion of a 10-day maintenance that has put EU leaders on edge. Two sources familiar with the plans confirmed the information to Reuters.
Russia seen restarting gas exports from Nord Stream 1 on schedule, 19 July
"They (Gazprom) will return to the levels seen before July 11," one of the sources said of the gas volumes expected via Nord Stream 1 from Thursday [21 July?!].
In a letter dated July 14, however, Gazprom said it was retroactively declaring force majeure on supplies from June 14, a legal clause meaning it cannot guarantee gas delivery because of exceptional circumstances "a provision in a contract that frees both parties from obligation if an extraordinary event directly prevents one or both parties from performing".
The Turbine's whereabouts are unclear.

Kommersant, a Russian newspaper, reported Canada sent the equipment by plane on 17 July [to Germany].

Gazprom's largest customers in Germany, Uniper and RWE, have received letters from the company announcing force majeure since June 14. At the same time, Gazprom announced The Detention of The Turbine for Nord Stream in Canada, reducing supplies through the pipeline to 40% of the design capacity. According to analysts, by such actions Gazprom is trying to protect itself from paying fines for underdeliveries.[...] Force majeure applies to deliveries for the last month, that is, from June 14th. In theory, force majeure can release Gazprom from the obligation to pay fines and compensation for undersupply of gas via Nord Stream. The company reduced the flow through this gas pipeline on June 14, explaining this by Siemens Energy's failure to fulfill its obligations to repair the gas pumping unit for the Portovaya compressor station.

So far, only the German Uniper and RWE have officially confirmed the receipt of such a letter from Gazprom. Uniper considers the announcement of force majeure unreasonable, RWE did not provide additional comments.

"It is difficult to say whether Nord Stream 1 will run after ten days of maintenance. The past has often shown that technical reasons are often excuses for political decisions. Of course, this could happen again," Robert Habeck, Germany's vice-chancellor psychic, said earlier this month. "Nobody can see inside Putin's head, so we do not know what will happen."
Kommersant | "Sanction pressure is already starting to take its toll", 19 July
KOMMERSANT: There are more than a hundred foreign gas turbines in Russia. Do you see this as a threat to the energy system?

Vasily KISELEV, Community of Energy Consumers: There is no threat. We are now being told that we should save the engine life of foreign turbines. In fact, they are proposed to be mothballed, but at the same time they continue to pay for their capacity and put up with an increase in the price of electricity, which will inevitably arise due to a reduction in cheap supply. Turbines will remain, but what to do with them next? How serious then are the intentions to make their own turbines? Perhaps, on the contrary, these power units should be turned on at full capacity and electricity prices should be reduced? Such a move would help the economy.

by Cat on Tue Jul 19th, 2022 at 07:54:50 PM EST
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vOLdEmoRT: Gas price in Europe drops as Russian pipeline resumes deliveries

The price of August futures for natural gas at the TTF hub in the Netherlands dropped to $1,556 per 1,000 cubic meters [BWAH!] at round 06:01 GMT, or €145 ($148) per megawatt-hour in household terms, according to data from London's Intercontinental Exchange.

Gas supplies via the Nord Stream gas pipeline resumed at 04:00 GMT [BWAH!] on July 21 and, according to the pipeline operator Nord Stream AG, pumping has already reached the pre-shutdown level of 40% capacity.

Gazprom suspended flow through the route for annual maintenance on July 11. Supply had already been reduced by 60% in June, after The Turbine from the pipeline's compressor station was held in Canada amid sanctions. Gazprom said it needed the part to restore full capacity and Ottawa allowed it to be returned to Germany earlier this month [17 July].

sooooo Habecksplainin with Ukrainian World Congress characteristics developing ...
by Cat on Thu Jul 21st, 2022 at 04:34:49 PM EST
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