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The finished section of the Nord Stream gas pipeline near the town of Lubmin. Archive photo

European Commission: Thirteen EU countries completely or partially disconnected from Russian gas

BRUSSELS, 1 September – RIA Novosti. The vice-president of the European Commission’s energy directorate said at the European Parliament’s profile committee that Russian gas supplies to thirteen EU member states have been cut.

“Thirteen countries have been partially or completely cut off from Russian gas,” he said.

The risk of supply disruption is “very strong and even getting stronger,” he said.

A day ago, analytical company Rystad Energy reported that in August 2022, the average monthly cost of electricity in Europe was the highest on record due to the sharp rise in gas prices.

A sharp rise in prices began after the company announced that it would stop pumping gas through Nord Stream for the duration of the planned operation. This decision concerns the maintenance work on the only working gas pumping unit at Trent 60, the Portovaya compressor station, which will last three days – until about 04:00 Moscow time on September 3rd. It will be conducted by Gazprom and Siemens experts. The German company is supposed to service the unit every thousand hours, according to the technical documentation: inspect and clean the housing, check the safety valves and adjust the air flow control system.

Fuel costs have soared to record highs since February in response to the Kremlin’s decision to pay Russian gas buyers in rubles, along with anti-Russian sanctions over a special operation in Ukraine.

Source: Ria

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