Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe suspended INDEFINITELY after oil leak detected. Source: EXPRESS. Daily Briefing

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Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe suspended INDEFINITELY after oil leak detected

THE NORD Stream 1 pipeline transporting gas from Russia to Germany has been suspended indefinitely following reports of a gas leak, Russian energy provider Gazprom confirmed today.

By Charles Harrison

18:01, Fri, Sep 2, 2022 | UPDATED: 19:39, Fri, Sep 2, 2022

Nord Stream 1 pipeline energy to Europe suspended indefinitely due to oil leak

Nord Stream 1 pipeline energy to Europe suspended indefinitely due to oil leak (Image: Getty)

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According to Russian state-owned news agency TASS, Russia’s supervisory body on ecological, technological, and nuclear issues Rostekhnadzor issued a warning to Gazprom after detecting malfunctions on the pipe. 

Gazprom has reportedly contacted German manufacturer Siemens about the need to repair the pipeline. 

The pipeline was poised to restart tomorrow after being closed for three days for maintenance.

Nord Stream 1, which runs under the Baltic Sea to supply Germany and others, was running at 20 percent capacity even before flows were halted.

Russia claims this was the result of faulty equipment.

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However, it has now been suspended indefinitely. 

Moscow blames Western sanctions for hampering routine operations and maintenance of Nord Stream 1.

But Brussels says this is a pretext and Russia is using gas as an economic weapon, which the Kremlin continues to deny.

  • Kremlin propaganda chief Dmitry Peskov heightened concerns earlier today, saying there could be more disruptions to deliveries via Nord Stream 1.
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Russian propaganda continues to deny the dictatorship is engaging in a gas war (Image: Getty)

Nord Stream 1

Nord Stream 1 has become the focal point in Russia’s energy war with the West (Image: Getty)

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The Nord Stream 1 pipeline stretches 1,200km (745 miles) under the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast near St Petersburg to north-eastern Germany.

It opened in 2011, and can send a maximum of 170 million cubic metres of gas per day from Russia to Germany.

When the pipeline was believed to be reopening tomorrow, the president of Germany’s network regulator said the country would be able to cope, as long as the flows continued.

Klaus Mueller said: “I assume that we will be able to cope with it.

“I trust that Russia will return to 20 percent on Saturday, but no one can really say.”

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