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Russia to cut Nord Stream gas Flow in ominous sign for winter

Gazprom announces plans to halve natural gas flow to Europe from Wednesday this week due to further issues with gas turbines used to pump the fuel through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, leaving the continent’s winter supply in jeopardy.

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Russia is once again sharply reducing the flow of piped gas to Germany, reminding Europe of the daunting challenge the continent faces to build up its energy stockpiles before winter.

Gazprom PSJC will cut shipments on the Nord Stream pipeline – the main gas link to the European Union – to about 20% of its capacity from 7 a.m. Moscow time on Wednesday, the Russian gas giant said in a statement. Maintenance issues with a turbine that helps pump gas into the link are behind the curbs, it said.

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