Ukraine says Russia has increased gas pipeline pressure without prior notice

The Gazprom logo will appear on the façade of the Business Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, on March 31, 2022. (Reuters photographer / Reuters)

Russian gas giant Gazprom has sharply increased pressure on pipelines to transport Russian gas to Europe without notice, the Ukrainian state pipeline operator said Tuesday.

Such spikes in pressure could lead to emergencies, including pipeline ruptures, and pipeline operators are obliged to notify each other in advance about them, the Ukrainian company said.

I couldn’t immediately ask Gazprom for comment.

Russia has continued to send gas through Ukraine, despite both countries engaging in war. Gazprom said on Monday that its gas supply to Europe via Ukraine was 41.7 million cubic meters (mcm) on Monday, compared to 41.2 mcm the day before.

At the same time, Gazprom quoted instructions from industry observers on Monday, stating that the gas flowing to Germany via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which bypasses Ukraine, will be reduced to 33 million cubic meters per day from Wednesday.

This is half the current flow and is already only 40 percent of normal capacity.