Germany's Siemens Energy carried out turbine maintenance for the key Nord Stream 1 pipeline in Canada and on Thursday said it was ready to be returned immediately. However, for now there have been no significant changes, with Gazprom, the managing body of the pipeline, disputing the documentation. In a twist, Gazprom believes that UK and Canadian sanctions prevent the turbine from being returned. Basically Gazprom is the police officer of sanctions. m
He added that three other turbines were also in need of major overhauls and that only one of the six main gas turbines was currently in operation at the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, excluding an emergency reserve. This means that the pipeline cannot pump more than 33 million cubic meters of gas per day, or about one-fifth of its capacity, he said in a statement.
"Gazprom would love to get these turbines back, but it was not Gazprom that introduced the sanctions," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, also making fun of Westerners.
"Gazprom must protect itself (from the risk of sanctions), this turbine is its property".
The Russian newspaper Kommersant quoted a source with knowledge of the details, saying that on August 3 Gazprom received a package of documents from Siemens Energy, including the green light from the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control which allows the turbine to pass customs controls until July 26, 2023.
The newspaper added that there was no need for a separate exemption for transportation, as the turbine is not covered by any penalties, and that Siemens Energy was ready to support the maintenance of Nord Stream 1's equipment by providing a resident engineer. Siemens Energy told Reuters that the turbine is ready for operation and can be transported immediately. “If the operator really wants the turbine, he will get it,” he said in an email.
Meanwhile, as Welt recalls, in Portovaya, near St. Petersburg, where Nord Stream starts, tall bluish flames can be seen, as if Gazprom were burning natural gas. A real mockery for the Germans who, however, are unable to receive this gas. Obviously Russia burns it rather than hand it over …
This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/gazprom-solo-una-turbina-su-sei-funziona-intanto-il-gas-brucia-libero-in-russia/ on Fri, 05 Aug 2022 10:00:00 +0000.