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Nord Stream gas link to begin maintenance shutdown Tuesday

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The major Nord Stream gas pipeline system that carries Russian gas to Germany will shut for nine days of maintenance from Tuesday as planned.

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The 55 Bcm/year twin pipeline system will be shut down until August 17 while the maintenance work - to include annual maintenance of mechanical components as well as testing of the automation system - is carried out, Platts reports.

"The temporary interruption of supplies has been factored into the nominations of gas planned for Nord Stream to transport to downstream European partners," the pipeline operator said.

According to data from Platts Analytics' Eclipse Energy, daily flows into Germany via Velke Kapusany in Slovakia have already stepped up ahead of the Nord Stream maintenance period, peaking at 146 million cu m August 5.

That is the highest daily flow level via that route since July 30 last year, which also came ahead of maintenance work being carried out on Nord Stream.

Injections into the 4 Bcm Rehden gas storage facility in Germany -- where Gazprom has capacity - have also stepped up ahead of the Nord Stream maintenance.

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