Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov commented on Gazprom’s statement that the sanctions of Canada, the European Union and Great Britain make it impossible to return to Russia a turbine repaired in Canada. According to him, the Russian company is interested in obtaining a turbine for Nord Stream, but the company must insure itself against sanctions risks. Otherwise, the operation of the turbine can be remotely blocked.
When asked if this means that the Russian company is refusing to receive the turbine, Mr. Peskov replied: “No, Gazprom would very much like to receive this turbine. But it wasn’t Gazprom that imposed sanctions, they were imposed on Gazprom. This is in line with what was said the day before: the EU can say one thing, but there is the UK, because the turbines are serviced on an ongoing basis by the British subsidiary of Siemens under British law and in British jurisdiction, ”the Kremlin spokesman told reporters during a press call .
In June, Gazprom reduced the volume of gas pumped through Nord Stream by 40% from its nominal capacity (67 million cubic meters per day) due to difficulties with equipment repairs. Canada, due to the current sanctions against Russia, refused to return the Siemens turbine after maintenance. However, on July 10, Canadian authorities agreed to return the turbine to its place of operation. In addition, on July 11, gas supplies via Nord Stream were stopped for repairs.
According to Kommersant’s information, on July 17, the turbine was sent to Germany, and on July 24, Siemens Energy transferred to Gazprom an export license, which, in particular, allows transporting turbines for the gas pipeline.
On July 25, Gazprom received documents from Siemens clarifying the issues related to the transportation of turbines for Nord Stream, but the company still has questions to the German technology concern, on the solution of which supplies depend. On August 2, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited the Siemens plant in Mülheim an der Ruhr and inspected the turbine located there. According to him, the unit is ready for operation, it can be sent to Russia.
Read more about the situation in the material “Kommersant” “Turbine pumps correspondence.”