Russian Gazprom says no site available for pipeline repairs, Siemens denies claim

Russia’s Gazprom said on Saturday that Siemens was ready to carry out repairs to the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline but there was no place available to carry out the work, a suggestion that Siemens denied and said it would not be told. had not asked to do the work.

Gazprom’s statement came a day after announcing it would not resume gas supplies to Germany via Nord Stream 1 until an oil leak it detected in a turbine was repaired. He clarified that repairs could only be carried out in a specially equipped workshop.

The Kremlin blamed Western sanctions for disrupting Nord Stream 1 and putting obstacles in the way of routine maintenance work. Western officials denied that claim, and Siemens Energy said the sanctions did not prohibit maintenance.

Prior to the last maintenance cycle, Gazprom had already reduced throughputs to just 20% of the pipeline’s capacity.

“Siemens participates in repair work in accordance with the current contract, detects malfunctions… and is ready to repair oil leaks. Only there is nowhere to do the repair,” Gazprom said in a statement on his Telegram channel on Saturday.

Other turbines available: Siemens

Siemens Energy said it had not been contracted to carry out the work but was available, adding that the leak reported by Gazprom would not normally affect the operation of a turbine and could be sealed in place.

“Regardless of this, we have already stressed on several occasions that there are enough additional turbines available at Portovaya Compressor Station for Nord Stream 1 to operate,” a company spokesperson said.

Streams via Nord Stream 1 were due to resume early Saturday morning. But hours before it started pumping gas, Gazprom released a photo on Friday of what it said was an oil leak from Nord Stream 1 equipment.

Siemens Energy, which supplies and maintains equipment at Nord Stream 1’s compressor station in Portovaya, said on Friday the leak was not a technical reason to stop gas flows.

Europe has accused Russia of using gas supplies as a weapon in what Moscow has called an “economic war” with the West over the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Asked about the shutdown on Saturday, Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said the European Union expects Russia to honor the energy contracts it has made, but is ready for the challenge if Moscow does not.

Germany’s network regulator said the country’s gas supply was currently guaranteed, but the situation was tense and further deterioration could not be ruled out.


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