Officially, Nord Stream 1 has been under maintenance since Monday. It is questionable whether gas will flow through the pipeline again afterwards. The operator Gazprom does not want to give any guarantees.
The Russian gas company Gazprom has questioned the continued operation of the Nord Stream pipeline against the background of the repair of a necessary turbine in Canada. Gazprom has so far had no written confirmation that the repaired turbine from Canada will actually be delivered to Siemens, the company responsible for the installation, the Russian gas company said on Wednesday. “Under these circumstances” Gazprom cannot guarantee the future operation of the line.
With reference to the defective turbine, Russia had already severely curtailed gas supplies through the Baltic Sea pipeline in mid-June. The turbine was then taken to a Siemens plant in Canada for repairs. Due to Canadian sanctions against Russia, it was initially not clear whether the device, which has since been repaired, can be returned.
However, the government in Ottawa gave the green light for the export over the weekend. The Siemens group has announced that it will install the turbine as soon as possible. “Gazprom does not have a single document that allows Siemens to take the gas turbine engine that is currently being repaired in Canada out of the country,” the Russian company said.
Habeck hopes for further gas deliveries
Regular maintenance work on the Nord Stream pipeline also began on Monday, so that gas is no longer flowing for the time being. The work should take around ten days. However, there were doubts as to whether gas would actually flow again afterwards.
Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck is hoping for further gas deliveries from Russia after the end of maintenance work on the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 1. “I have no secret information, neither in one direction nor in the other,” said the Green politician on Monday evening in the ARD “Tagesthemen”. “It’s possible. There’s also a chance that it won’t happen. We’ll have to wait and see.” Violent criticism came from the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj on the promised delivery of a serviced turbine for Nord Stream 1.