The flow of gas via the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline, which has been interrupted since last Wednesday, will probably actually resume as planned on Saturday tomorrow. This is indicated by data from the pipeline operator Nord Stream AG.
In its database for load flow data, the latter did not show any “nominations” for the past few days, i.e. registrations from Russia for capacity requirements in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. The database now records the first current nomination for the time from 2 to 3 a.m. on 3 September with 14,437,507 kWh/h.
The Gazprom subsidiary Gazprom Export determines the nominations for Nord Stream in the control center in St. Petersburg, explains Nord Stream AG. From here, Gazprom controls the gas transported to Europe and informs the pipeline operator about the quantities of gas to be fed into the pipelines and which should be withdrawn. Nord Stream AG receives a weekly nomination broken down into days and a daily nomination broken down into hours.
Tasks of dispatchers
Nord Stream AG dispatchers will check whether the nominations can be physically fulfilled. To assess whether the requested quantity of natural gas can be safely transported through the pipelines, they compare the current operating status and the nomination. The operating pressure must always remain within the safety parameters. As demand from European natural gas recipients increases, the flow rate and injection pressure can be adjusted accordingly.
As previously announced, Gazprom stopped gas supplies via Nord Stream 1 early Wednesday morning. Allegedly, the only compressor turbine still running at the Portovaya compressor station was to be serviced. Officials in Germany doubt the technical background for the interruption.
Until the delivery stop, the German gas storage tanks were 84.26 percent full. Previously, Gazprom delivered only 20 percent of the pipeline’s maximum capacity. The federal government repeatedly emphasizes that Russian natural gas is increasingly being replaced by gas from other sources. It was announced on Thursday that Germany is chartering another floating terminal for landing liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Wilhelmshaven.
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