18 July 2022
State owned Russian gas company Gazprom today declared extraordinary and extreme circumstances (force majeur in legal jargon) to indemnify itself against penalties for failing to honour contractual obligations to 'an unnamed customer (which is Germany but you didn't read it here OK,) due to the Russian company being unable to complete scheduled maintenance to the Nord Stream 1 pipeline which carries most of Russia's gas exports that German business and domestic consumers are heavily dependent on. Gazprom said for reasons beyond its control gas supplies can no longer be guaranteed, thus the pipelines"good functioning" is in doubt. The problem, according to Russian sources, is due to crucial turbines being previously held up in Canada for reasons related to sanctions.
As a result of this, the gas will not flow through the pipeline for n indefinite period as has been predicted by this website, many other alt_news services and even some in mainstream media. Reuters reported, "Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom has declared force majeure on gas supplies to Europe to at least one major customer starting June 14, according to the letter seen by Reuters." The letter is dated July 14. "It said the force majeure measure, a clause invoked when a business is hit by something beyond its control, was effective from deliveries starting from June 14."
July 22 had been dubbed European "Doomsday" , the day on whichwhen the scheduled Russian 10-day maintenance of the crucial Nord Stream pipeline to Germany was scheduled for completion and when the gas would start to flow again. However various statements from Russian official about retalitatory measures for the EU's continued support of Ukraine in that country's conflict with Russia
Pumping station in Germany on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline (Photo: Bloomberg)
As we reported recently, German authorities have the taken unprecedented step of preparing for fuel rationing and blackouts in anticipation of the withdrawal of Russian gas supplies, some areas have already begun reducing service levels by lowering the current, which has affected everything from limiting hot water, to shutting down swimming pools, and dimming city street lights as Germany entered "alarm" stage over dwindling supply.
Meanwhile the green ga-ga idiocy of the EU goes on. Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) even amid this "red alert crisis" for Europe is bizarrely still focused on dealing with the emergency in a way "consistent with the EU’s climate ambitions"... this as Germany and other European populations are about to clearly enter an extremely difficult winter, to put it mildly.