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    [Premium] Maintenance Hits Nord Stream Flow

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Nord Stream 1 conducted its annual maintenance on its twin gas pipeline system between September 11 and 22

by: Thierry Bros

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[Premium] Maintenance Hits Nord Stream Flow

By Thierry Bros

Russia's 55bn m³ Nord Stream 1 gas line underwent annual maintenance between September 11 and 22. During this period, the direct flows from Russia to the EU dropped from an average of 160mn m³/d to 20mn m³/d as disclosed by Gazprom, cutting 1bn m³ off the overall exports to EU relative to August. 

Source: Gazprom, Entsog, thierrybros.com

With 13.2bn m³ exported in September, flows were down by 7% on the month but up 3% year on year. Transit via Belarus partially benefited from this planned maintenance, going up by 400mn m³ in September, while flows through Ukraine also dipped compared with August.

Source: Gazprom, Entsog, thierrybros.com

After the temporary shutdown of Nord Stream 1, gas transmission directly to the EU resumed to record level as the quasi-full capacity of Nord Stream 1 is now available for Gazprom (191.2mn m³/d, using Russian measurements) which was reached September 26 for direct exports. We should therefore see about 50% monthly increase in EU direct flows in October vs September… and perhaps flows higher than in January 2017 (5.1bn m³).