Gazprom says there is no additional obligation for Russia to get the Nord Stream 1 turbine

Gas pipeline model and Gazprom logo, July 18, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/

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MOSCOW, July 22 (Reuters) – Russian energy giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM) said on Friday that the current contract with Siemens Energy (ENR1n.DE) does not require Russia to take further steps to facilitate the return of a turbine for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline.

Nord Stream 1, which runs on the Baltic Sea bed from Russia to Germany, restarted gas pumping on Thursday after a 10-day maintenance, but at just 40% capacity.

Gazprom cut off flows in June, saying it could not recover the turbine, which had been sent to Canada for repair. Germany, in turn, said the turbine in question was only supposed to be used in September. Read more

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He said on Friday that the company had still not obtained the necessary documentation from Siemens Energy confirming exemption from European Union and Canadian sanctions for the turbine to be returned to the Portovaya compressor station.

On Thursday, two people familiar with the matter said the turbine was stuck in transit to Germany because Russia had so far failed to give the green light to bring it back. Read more

“Gazprom stressed that the current terms of the contract do not provide for any additional obligations on Russia’s part to obtain this engine,” the Kremlin-controlled company said in a statement after requesting the papers again from Siemens Energy. .

Germany rejects Russia’s argument that the missing turbine is the reason for dwindling supplies via Nord Stream 1, and has accused Moscow of using gas flows as a political weapon. Russia has declared itself to be a reliable energy supplier.

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