The Nord Stream gas pipeline will undergo planned maintenance from August 9 to 17, the Switzerland-based operating consortium said on July 29, 2016.
Nord Stream reported that the planned maintenance is a part of the pipeline’s integrity management and that the work was agreed and coordinated with the company’s upstream and downstream partners.
This maintenance work will require a temporary shutdown of both lines at once and the full capacity of the pipeline system will be available again by August 19, 2016.
The work includes annual maintenance of mechanical components, as well as testing of the automation system.
The company said that the temporary interruption of supplies has been factored into the nominations of gas to be transported via Nord Stream to downstream European partners.
Nord Stream AG’s Managing Director, Alexey Zagorovskiy, said: «Throughout Nord Stream’s operations, reliability and safety will continue to be a top priority: the scheduled annual maintenance work thus plays an important role in ensuring that the pipelines will be able to deliver gas safely and efficiently.»
In the meantime, the implementation of the Nord Stream – 2 gas pipeline project is to be discussed this week at a meeting with the Vice-President of the European Commission (EC) Maros Sefcovic and the Russian Energy Minister, Alexander Novak.
The project includes the construction of two lines of offshore gas pipeline from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, as well as the existing two lines.
It is expected to have a total capacity of 55 billion cubic metres (1.94 trillion cubic feet) of gas per year and cost US$11 billion (£8.3 billion) to develop.