Nord Stream 1 is Germany’s main supply pipeline for Russian gas. Now Gazprom is reducing gas supplies by 40 percent. The energy giant also gives the reason for this.

The Russian energy giant Gazprom is reducing the maximum gas delivery volumes through the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea pipeline to Germany by 40 percent.

The reason for this are delays in repair work by Siemens, the state-owned company announced on Tuesday. A gas compressor unit was not returned in time from repairs. Therefore, only up to 100 million cubic meters of gas could be pumped through the pipeline every day – or around 60 percent of the previously planned daily volume of 167 million cubic meters of gas, it said.

For Germany, Nord Stream 1 is the main supply pipeline with Russian gas. The Yamal-Europe line had previously not been filled. The transit of Russian gas through Ukraine, which is well below plan, is also reduced. Energy prices had already increased as a result of the previous restrictions, because overall less gas flows from Russia to Europe. The completed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has not yet been put into operation.