Russian gas resumed flowing through the biggest pipeline between Russia and Germany on Thursday after a 10-day outage, the operator said, easing concerns that the maintenance period would be extended.
Europe has been on edge about the restart of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline after annual maintenance, with governments bracing for possible further supply cuts amid an economic tit-for-tat with the Kremlin over the war in Ukraine.
The pipeline transports 55 billion cubic meters (bcm) a year of gas under the Baltic Sea and has been offline since July 11 for annual maintenance.
On the operator Nord Stream AG’s website, physical flows were at 21,388,236 kwh/h for 0600-0700 CET (0400-0500 GMT), from zero previously.
The resumption in gas flows could take several hours, a spokesperson for the operator told Reuters.
A spokesperson for Austria’s OMV said Gazprom signaled it would deliver around 50% of agreed gas volumes on Thursday, levels seen before the shutdown.
(Reporting by Eileen Soreng, Bharat Govind Gautam, Brijesh Patel and Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru, Nina Chestney in London and Kirsti Knolle in Berlin; Editing by William Mallard)