At 7 am, GMT, August 12, the gas pumping along Nord Stream to German customers was fully stopped.
As the Gazprom press office told Construction.ru, gas delivery will be recovered in nominated by Gazprom volumes on August 20, after the completion of gas main technical maintenance. Such works are pre-planned and are carried out annually. The schedule of works is coordinated with Nord Stream partners and operators of gas supply lines in Russia and receiving lines in Germany.
To remind you, in 2014 36.5 bln m3 of gas were transported to Western Europe by this gas main. It is 1.5 times more than in 2013. The full capacity of Nord Stream is 55 bln m3 a year. The first line of the main was constructed and put in operation in November 2011, the second – in October 2012.
The shareholders of project operator Nord Stream AG, are “Gazprom” (51%), German Wintershall Holding and E.On Ruhrgas (15,5% each), French GDF Suez and Dutch Gasunie (9% each). The main’s two lines, 1,224 km long, are laid on the bottom of the Baltic sea and are the longest underwater pipelines for transporting gas in the world.