The Russian company Gazprom claimed the lack of that equipment last month as the reason for more than reducing the flow of gas, but the Canadian government said it will permit the transport of that equipment to Germany from a crucial Russia-European natural gas pipeline that has undergone maintenance.
A/P BERLIN — The Russian company Gazprom claimed the lack of that equipment last month as the reason for more than reducing the flow of gas, but the Canadian government said it will permit the transport of that equipment to Germany from a crucial Russia-European natural gas pipeline that has undergone maintenance.
Sanctions placed on Russia because of the conflict in Ukraine have made it more difficult for the Nord Stream 1 pipeline’s turbines to return after being moved to Montreal for a planned overhaul. Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s minister of natural resources, announced late Saturday that his country would “give Siemens Canada a time-limited and revocable authorization to allow the return of repaired Nord Stream 1 turbines to Germany.”
This will help “Europe’s capacity to access reliable and inexpensive energy as they continue to move away from Russian oil and gas,” Wilkinson said in the statement shared on Twitter. He claimed that “the German economy will face very serious suffering” if there is “no required supply of natural gas.”
Siemens Energy stated that it had been unable to deliver a gas turbine that powers a compressor station on the pipeline and had been repaired after more than 10 years in operation to the customer, Gazprom after Gazprom started restricting gas supplies in mid-June.
German politicians rejected the Russian explanation for the 60% decrease in gas flows through Nord Stream 1, arguing that equipment problems shouldn’t have been serious until the fall and that the Russian decision was a cynical political ploy to raise prices and create uncertainty. The Canadian action occurs just before Nord Stream 1 is scheduled to shut down on Monday for routine maintenance. However, German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck has stated that he expects Russia may use “some tiny technical issue” as a pretext not to resume gas supply. In prior summers, the work resulted in a roughly 10-day shutdown.
As Germany and the rest of Europe work to lessen their reliance on energy imports from Russia, gas flows are decreasing. The largest economy in Europe, Germany, imports around 35% of the gas it uses to power its industries and produce electricity from Russia.
Habeck activated the second stage of Germany’s three-stage emergency natural gas supply plan last month, warning that the continent’s largest economy was in “crisis” and that storage goal for the winter were in jeopardy.
To deal with rising gas prices, energy company Uniper, Germany’s largest importer of Russian gas, requested a bailout from the government on Friday.
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