Gazprom says that the Siemens turbine cannot be returned after repair to the Portovaya compressor station, the starting point of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, due to sanctions.
According to Ukrinform, the Russian gas monopoly circulated such a statement in Telegram.
“The sanctions regimes of Canada, the EU, the UK and the inconsistency of the current situation with the current contractual obligations on the part of Siemens make it impossible to supply the 073 engine to the Portovaya CS,” Gazprom says.
The announcement came just hours after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived at the Siemens Energy plant in the German city of Mülheim an der Ruhr and inspected the turbine for Nord Stream 1, which Canada, at the request of Germany, agreed to return to Russia. after repair, despite the sanctions.
According to Scholz, Canada’s decision to transfer the turbine to Russia showed that the Russian Federation used this situation only as an excuse to reduce gas supplies to Europe.
Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko also said that even at the stage of discussing the decision to transfer a turbine for Nord Stream 1 by Canada, it was clear to everyone that this issue had nothing to do with the volume of Russian gas supplies.
Currently gazprom supplies only 20% of gas from the available capacities through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. The Russian side explains this by saying that due to sanctions from Canada, they could not get a turbine that was undergoing maintenance there. Germany persuaded its Canadian partners to transfer this turbine, which is located in Germany, to it. Russia refuses to take it.