Not only LNG deliveries and the pipeline from Norway ensure full gas storage facilities in Poland – Russian gas via Germany also ensures energy security. The Germans can be jealous, because Nord Stream 1 will soon no longer supply any gas due to annual maintenance work.
Already in April headlines “Focus Online” an article with “The pipeline paradox: Putin’s gas now flows to Poland via Germany”. The reason: Poland did not want to pay Gazprom in rubles, so the Russian gas giant stopped supplying the country. Although the Russians were accused of breaching the contract at the time, Moscow had little choice. Because all income in euros or dollars cannot be used as a result of western sanctions, and if the politicians in Washington, London and Brussels unilaterally change the rules of the game, then this seems just as legitimate for Moscow.
But the Poles are not lacking in ingenuity. The Russians may have turned off the country’s gas supply via the Yamal pipeline, but some was still flowing to Germany, so Polish energy companies are stocking up on Russian gas there. As of the end of June, according to the “Deutsche Welle” then filled to almost 96 percent. A level that Germans and Austrians can only dream of. Because in addition to the purchases via Germany, the Central Eastern European country also receives pipeline deliveries from Norway and LNG primarily from the United States.
But now the Germans have sea Reuters Apparently gas flows to Poland were stopped, citing the pipeline operator Gascadewhich shouldn’t bother Warsaw much anyway given the already full gas storage facilities and ongoing supplies from Norway and the United States.
Meanwhile, the Germans have the problem that Nord Stream 1 Siemens gas turbines in need of maintenance cannot be sent to Canada for overhaul because of western sanctions. Fewer turbines mean less pressure in the pipelines and therefore significantly lower deliveries. And there are still ten days of maintenance work to be done in the coming weeks – which could be lengthened depending on Moscow’s mood.
Apparently it wasn’t a very good idea to hit Europe’s most important energy supplier with a myriad of sanctions that eventually (thanks in part to Moscow’s retaliatory actions) took horrid revenge. Or to put it another way: Thanks to the sycophancy of the transatlanticists in Europe, people and companies are now suffering.