Sanctions threaten repair of other critical Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline equipment, company says
In the latest development of the gas turbine repair line between Russia and Germany, Gazprom explained the reasons why the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline is not fully brought back online and why it is impossible to recover the repaired equipment.
“Current anti-Russian sanctions are hampering the successful resolution of the issue of transporting and repairing Siemens gas turbine engines for the Portovaya compressor station, which supplies gas to European consumers via the Nord Stream pipeline.” Gazprom wrote on its Telegram channel.
The crucial part stuck in Germany, after repairs in Canada, should have been sent back to Russia in May. But the documents for his return are not in order because they were issued by Siemens Energy and not by the company under contract with Gazprom, claims the gas giant.
If the turbine is shipped to Russia, there is a risk that the Canadian authorities will consider it a breach of contract and withdraw permission for further maintenance of the turbines to be carried out on its soil.
According to Gazprom, only one of the six main gas compression units is currently operational at the station with its daily delivery capacity reduced to around 20%. The remaining turbines require factory maintenance or overhaul, Gazprom adds.
The company explained that other Western sanctions regarding the transport of gas-powered equipment could also apply to the turbine. All this, given the current situation, makes the return of equipment impossible, Gazprom reiterated.
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