Gazprom further cuts Nord Stream deliveries, Germany fumes

Gazprom, the Russian gas giant, announced on Wednesday that it was cutting daily gas deliveries through the Nord Stream pipeline by a further 33%. The step was taken after Germany criticized an earlier cut as having been political.

“As of 01:30 Moscow time on June 16, the daily output of the Portovaya compressor station will reach up to 67 million cubic meters per day,” Gazprom said in a statement on Telegram.

The company added that it was stopping operation of a gas turbine due to the “technical condition of the engine”.

On Tuesday, June 14, Gazprom announced a 40% reduction in gas deliveries due to “repair” work on the compressors of the German company Siemens.

German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said the decision was “a political decision and not a technically justifiable solution”.

The Minister said that while he was aware of the need to maintain the pipeline, he did not need such a drastic reduction in gas deliveries.

Moscow has lost several European gas customers after demanding that all “unfriendly” countries pay for Russian natural gas in rubles in response to a barrage of Western sanctions against Ukraine.

Poland, Bulgaria, Finland and the Netherlands have had their natural gas deliveries suspended for refusing to pay in roubles.

(With agency contributions)

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