Russian gas exports through a key pipeline Nord Stream 1 to Europe are expected to restart on September 3, relieving markets despite ongoing concerns about additional interruptions this winter.
According to grid statistics, flows will resume at 20% capacity on Saturday, as scheduled. European policymakers have grown increasingly concerned that when Russia shuts the Nord Stream pipeline for what it claims is necessary maintenance, it may not restart.
Reduced Nord Stream flows have complicated efforts across Europe to store enough gas for the winter, as governments fear Russia will completely suspend supplies.
Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom announced in mid-August that it will undergo unscheduled maintenance on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, a major channel transporting natural gas to Europe, for three days on August 31–September 2.
Maintenance is required every 1,000 hours of operation, or about every 42 days, with the next checks scheduled for mid-October, according to Gazprom.