Nord Stream to restart as scheduled – Reuters

Nord Stream to restart as scheduled

The flow of natural gas to Germany will resume on Thursday after maintenance is completed, sources told the agency.

Russia will resume natural gas deliveries through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline as scheduled once annual maintenance work is completed on Thursday, Reuters reported, citing its sources. The infrastructure, a key transporter of gas to Germany, was shut down for maintenance last week, with many in the West fearing the flow might not resume. Earlier on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the European Commission did not expect the pipeline to restart on its scheduled July 21 date.

Both stories are based on anonymous sources.

Last month, Gazprom cut gas flow by 60%, blaming Canada for failing to return a turbine after repairs. Since then, the team has been reported to be on its way to Russia. According to Reuters, gas flow will resume at the level seen before the shutdown, at less than full capacity of some 160 million cubic meters (mcm) per day.

Moscow has repeatedly said that it remains a reliable supplier of natural gas and will honor its contractual obligations to customers.

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