Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly, quoted by CBC News on Wednesday, recalled that an exemption from international sanctions imposed on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine allowed maintenance work to be carried out on five Nord Stream 1 turbines in Canada and then send these turbines back to Russia via Germany.
“None of the turbines at the Portovaya compressor station will be repaired in Canada,” Gazprom said in a statement published on Telegram.
Gazprom plans to conduct maintenance work at the Portovaya station from August 31 to September 2, which will interrupt the flow of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany across the Baltic Sea.
The return of a turbine previously sent to Canada for maintenance for Siemens Energy was delayed by sanctions, prompting Gazprom to halt deliveries.
Gazprom did not specify where the turbines are currently located. Siemens Energy did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
The pipeline is currently operating at only 20% of its capacity, sending already high energy prices skyrocketing and prompting European countries to draw up contingency plans to save energy.
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