Russia Cuts Off Nord Stream Gas Exports Indefinitely

Photo: Reuters [via Guardian]

The Facts

  • Hours after G-7 countries agreed to impose a price cap on Russian oil, the Russian energy giant Gazprom extended the shutdown of gas flows through Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany on Friday. The state-owned oil and gas company said supplies would remain halted indefinitely after a leak was detected at its Portovaya compressor station.

  • Gazprom stopped gas flows on Wed. for a maintenance window but had been set to resume on Saturday.

The Spin

Anti-Russia narrative

Russia is using its gas supplies to try to create an economic crisis on the continent, as it looks to hit back against Western sanctions. It's clear that Moscow is using natural gas as a weapon of war, and Europe must prepare for the worst-case scenario of a complete interruption of supplies.

Pro-Russia narrative

Gazprom is committed to meeting its gas export contracts, but Western financial sanctions have seriously diminished the pipeline's capacity and posed challenges to maintenance, meaning Gazprom simply can't fulfill them as it usually would.

Nerd narrative

There is a 20% chance that there will be a large-scale power outage in the continental Europe synchronous grid before 2023, according to the Metaculus Prediction Community.

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