Energy crisis: Gas reduction through Nord Stream 1, uptake in Transgas pipeline

Energy crisis: Gas reduction through Nord Stream 1, uptake in Transgas pipeline
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The amount of Russian natural gas flowing through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline was cut down at 08:00 Wednesday morning after Gazprom announced on Monday that it would reduce gas through that pipeline to 20% of capacity.

By contrast, the Russian gas giant wants to increase natural gas through the Transgas pipeline, which runs from Russia via Ukraine to Slovakia, Austria and Germany.

Slovakian border town Veľké Kapušany will receive 68.6 million cubic meters of natural gas, Gazprom announced on Wednesday, compared to 36.8 million on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, gas prices across the EU continue to rise to record-breaking amounts. On the international markets, up to 222 euros per kilowatt hour was paid on Wednesday morning, an absolute record.

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The Nord Stream 1 pipeline is important to Germany, which is heavily dependent on Russian gas for its energy supplies. Gazprom cites technical issues for the gas reduction, but the German government believes it is politically motivated.

On Tuesday, EU leaders agreed to reduce gas demand by 15% but with exemptions.


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