Documents would allow turbine to be returned to Russia after maintenance in Canada, despite sanctions
Russian energy giant Gazprom has officially asked German industrial giant Siemens to provide documents enabling the return of a crucial gas turbine, which had been stuck at the company’s Canadian plant due to sanctions.
“On July 15, Gazprom officially asked Siemens to provide documents that, despite the current Canadian and European Union sanctions regimes, would allow the export of a gas turbine engine for the Portovaya compressor station. , a critically important facility for the [Nord Stream] gas pipeline, to Russia, and compliance by the Siemens group of companies with its obligations for the repair and maintenance of gas turbine enginesreads the Gazprom press release, quoted by the Interfax news agency.
Gazprom warned that failure to return the turbine would jeopardize the operation of the Nord Stream gas pipeline, linking Russia to Germany, and the supply of natural gas to European consumers.
The Nord Stream pipeline, one of Russia’s main gas export routes to Europe, is currently out of service due to a scheduled 10-day maintenance period.
However, prior to the shutdown, it had been operating at only 40% capacity for several weeks, due to a jammed turbine at the pipeline’s Portovaya compressor station at Siemens’ facilities in Montreal, where it had suffered repairs.
Canada initially refused to return the aircraft, due to sanctions stemming from the Ukrainian conflict. However, after negotiations with Berlin, Ottawa decided earlier this week to allow the turbine to return. It will travel first to Germany and then to Russia, allowing Canada to avoid violating its own sanctions by using an indirect delivery route.
The documents requested by Gazprom are necessary to facilitate the final journey of the turbine from Germany to Russia.
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