Von der Leyen: The time has come for a cap on Russian natural gas

Von der Leyen: The time has come for a cap on Russian natural gas
Von der Leyen: The time has come for a cap on Russian natural gas

“I firmly believe that her time has come imposing a ceiling in the Russian natural gas which is brought through pipelines into Europe,” von der Leyen told reporters on the sidelines of a conference of conservative German parliamentarians in Murnau.

This development will put even more pressure on the Kremlin after the EU’s announcements about taking immediate measures to address energy inaccuracy.

On September 14, the EU will meet to decide whether to impose a cap on natural gas, while the “27” energy ministers will hold an emergency meeting a few days earlier – on September 9 – to discuss their response to the rise in energy prices affecting European industry and households.

Calls among the bloc’s leaders to limit the continued rise in energy costs are intensifying. Italy, Belgium and the Czech Republic are among countries pushing for a bloc-wide gas price cap, while the France and the Greece wants the EU to decouple the price of electricity from the rising price of natural gas.

Gazprom: The Nord Stream tap opens again on Saturday

Her announcement offers “respite” – even if only temporarily Gazprom that he will open the gas tap again for him Nord Streamallaying fears that the Moscow could decide to cut off gas supplies after the last maintenance period

THE Gazprom said that the unique working turbine at the Nord Stream entry point must undergo technical maintenance every 1,000 hours. This is approximately every 42 days, with subsequent checks scheduled in between October.

The shipping orders, published by the pipeline operator, indicate flows are expected to resume from 2 a.m. (GMT) on Saturday at 20 percent of normal capacity, on par with the period before the work, Bloomberg notes. Orders do not guarantee actual flows and it usually takes time for supplies to return to planned levels.

The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak noted Thursday that the country is on schedule, according to the news service Tass.

Gazprom cut supplies through it Nord Stream in July, shortly after seasonal pipeline maintenance, citing technical issues.

Flows were halted Wednesday for checks on the only working turbine that helps pump gas into the pipeline. Normally, it uses six large turbines and two smaller ones, but this summer most of the equipment was taken out of service with Gazprom citing international sanctions that halted maintenance and repairs.

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