Gazprom's Nord Stream Russia-German natural gas pipeline work completed

London (Platts)--22 Sep 2017 854 am EDT/1254 GMT

Flows of Russian natural gas via Gazprom's Nord Stream pipeline into northeast Germany have resumed after annual maintenance was completed on schedule, Nord Stream AG said in a press release Friday.

  • Full capacity now available again to northeast Germany
  • Greifswald received 12 million cu m during Thursday's gas day

Maintenance work on the 55 Bcm a year twin pipeline system began on September 11 with gas transmission having "resumed as planned," boosting flow capacity for the Russian state-owned giant into Europe as a result.

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Flows via the Nord Stream pipeline into Greifswald averaged 138 million cu m/d between September 1-10 before the beginning of the works, and flows have resumed with the receiving terminal in northeast Germany receiving 12 million cu m of Russian gas during Thursday's gas day, according to data from Platts Analytics' Eclipse Energy.

During the works, flows of Russian gas into Slovakia via the Brotherhood pipeline rose, averaging 189 million cu m/d during the outage compared to the 167 million cu m/d September 1-10 average.

Flows of Russian gas into Germany through the Yamal pipeline were unchanged, hovering around the pipeline's full 89 million cu m/d capacity.

With the return of Russian flows direct into Germany, storage facilities can be expected to ramp up injection nominations after several large reservoirs withdrew gas to maintain Gazprom's contractual obligations during the annual maintenance phase.

--Gary Hornby,
--Edited by Jonathan Dart,

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