Nord Stream 1 open – still reduced gas flow

It appears from pipe data on the Nord Stream websites.

Gas flow is now approximately 29.3 GWh/h. The gas flow in European gas pipelines is normally indicated in GWh/h, ie the amount of energy in the form of gas transferred per hour.

Before the pipeline was shut down for maintenance work on July 11, gas throughput averaged 29.2 GWh/h, or about 40% of the pipeline’s capacity.

Before gas flow was throttled in June, gas flow was 73 GWh/h.

In 2021, the EU imported 155 billion m3 gas from Russia. 59.2 of them were transported through the pipeline, which actually has a nominal capacity of 55 billion m3 a year.

Hose gas flow Screenshot: Nord Stream AG

According to a spokesperson of the Austrian oil and gas company OMW, Gazprom, which operates the pipeline, reportedly gave signals that the transfer of gas could reach 50% of the pipeline’s capacity during the day.

Turbine still missing

When Gazprom throttled gas transmission in June, they claimed the reason was that Siemens was behind on repairs to the Portovaya compressor station on the Russian side. In mid-June, only 3 of the plant’s 8 wind turbines should have been in operation.

Among other things, a turbine has been in Canada for an overhaul in the last month. It was sent by plane on Monday.

The turbine is expected to arrive on the Russian side of the pipeline around July 24. It can take up to a week to install, according to Russian business newspaper Kommersant.

Daily gas flow via Nord Stream 1 since October 2019. The line is normally closed for maintenance for a period in the summer when electricity prices and gas demand are typically at their lowest Illustration: Wikideas1 (CC0 1.0)

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