You are right. Doors need to be set to "open" and not to "auto" for Engie's Update to not cancel in the middle. It doesn't make sense - but it was the only thing that fixed it. My tinkerer had +21, gas was 100%, CO2 was 100% not -blocked, and Engie would cancel about 50% through and my tinkerer would try again and again and again...
I played for more than an hour and found no water nor seeds anywhere. it is impossible to play without water, because to filter contaminated water you need advanced research which requires water. Make it possible to play without water by making decontamination possible without advanced research.