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Due to sanctions, the Siemens-made turbine cannot be returned after repairs to the Portovaya compressor station, the starting point of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline. Such a statement, Interfax reports, was circulated by the Russian gas concern on the evening of August 3.
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 the delivery of the 073 engine to the Portovaya CS impossible.
Gazprom’s announcement came hours after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived at the Siemens Energy plant in the German city of Mülheim an der Ruhr and inspected the Siemens turbine for Nord Stream 1, which Canada, at Germany’s request, agreed to return to Russia after repair, despite the sanctions.
Gazprom claims that due to the need to repair turbines manufactured by Siemens, it is forced to drastically reduce supplies via Nord Stream 1. In June, deliveries were reduced to 40% of the planned capacity due to the fact, as Gazprom explained, that they could not return the turbine from Canada, which was being repaired there. In July, another turbine was turned off for repairs, the Russian gas monopolist said, and deliveries were cut to 20% of planned capacity. In Europe, in turn, they suspect that the real reason for the reduction in supplies is an attempt to put pressure on the EU, which supports Ukraine and has adopted several packages of sanctions against Russia because of the war.
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