According to Reuters, the issue of a Siemens turbine under maintenance in Canada and under sanctions should be raised at the next summit. Gazprom has justified its recent reduction in gas delivery to Germany by a failure of these turbines.
According to a dispatch from Reuters, posted online on June 22, the next G7 summit will be an opportunity to discuss the fate of a Siemens turbine stranded in Canada where it is undergoing maintenance, as part of sanctions taken against Russia.
However, it was a breakdown on a turbine of this type, used by the Nord Stream gas pipeline which entered service in 2012 between Russia and Germany, which was invoked the previous week by Gazprom to explain the drastic reduction in gas deliveries to Germany. The latter fell to 40% of their usual volume and even completely ceased in France for the part passing through this gas pipeline.
Quoted by Reuters, Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said the Germans were “very, very worried” about a drop in Russian gas supplies as they try to rebuild their reserves to face the winter. next.
Respect the sanctions
Referring to the discussion on this subject which could not be avoided, the Canadian minister said he was “sure that this will happen at least in the corridors of the G7”, but however hinted that he doubted that a solution would be found, two days from the opening of this meeting which is to take place in Germany.
“We want to respect the sanctions because the sanctions were put in place for a reason,” Jonathan Wilkinson told Bloomberg. “Having said that, the intention of the sanctions was never to cause significant problems for Germany, which is one of our closest friends and allies. We are therefore very seized of this question,” he added.
The turbines were manufactured in Canada and must be regularly returned there for maintenance by the German company Siemens Energy AG. One was being overhauled in Montreal, but its return is blocked because Canadian sanctions imposed this month ban the export of vital technical services to Russia’s fossil fuel industry.
Germany on alert
“We are trying to be sensitive to the concerns expressed by Germany and others and trying to find a solution that will allow us to ensure that we respect the intention of the sanctions, but also to ensure that we do not penalize our allies”, also declared the Canadian minister, during a session of questions of Parliament.
However, while this turbine problem seems to be taken seriously by Canadians, when announcing the reduction of Gazprom’s deliveries to Germany, German Minister of Economy and Climate Robert Habeck said: “It This is clearly a strategy to disrupt and drive up prices.”
Pending a possible solution, the same minister announced this Thursday, June 23, the triggering of an “alert level” of a plan to guarantee Germany’s gas supply which brings the country closer to rationing measures .
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