Annoyed that the gas never recovered, German Chancellor in Russia: Take that turbine!

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands in front of a gas turbine that was to be delivered to Russia. PHOTO/Reuters

JAKARTA – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is asking Russia to take back repaired gas turbines for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline. The drop in Russian gas supply to just 20% of capacity due to repairs has left Germany and other European countries in difficulty.

“Take it right away. Here it is ! Scholz said at a press conference in Berlin, as quoted by Russia Today, Friday (8/11/2022).

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The Nord Stream 1 gas turbine has become the center of an escalating energy dispute between Russia and Germany, after undergoing treatment in Canada. The turbine was to be transported to a pipeline compressor station in Russia last May, so that gas flow to the European Union (EU) could be maintained at full capacity.

However, after weeks of waiting in Canada due to Ottawa’s refusal to return the turbines due to its sanctions against Moscow, essential equipment is now adrift in Germany.

Russia’s main energy company, Gazprom, insists it is Western sanctions that are blocking the return of turbines from Germany. It also extends equipment maintenance on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

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According to the company, the documents for the return of spare parts do not correspond to those issued by Siemens Energy and not to the company contracted by Gazprom.

Gazprom insists that if the turbines are sent to Russia, there is a risk that Canadian authorities will view it as a breach of contract and revoke permits for turbine maintenance to be carried out in the country.

For the past month, gas supply from Russia to the EU via Nord Stream 1 has fallen to just 20% of the maximum level, as only one of the six turbines is currently in operation. The rest needs repair.

According to Gazprom, five turbines are needed to operate in order to supply gas to the EU at full capacity. The turbine jam was the main reason why Gazprom cut off its gas supply to Europe.

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