Russia today warned that technical problems with turbines from German firm Siemens could force a suspension of supply through the Nord Stream gas pipeline.
“When all these turbines are sent to Canada for repair, (the Nord Stream) can be stopped. I think it will be a disaster for Germany,” said Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to the European Union (EU). ), on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.
Chizhov urged asking Siemens if it was necessary to ship the turbines to Canada.
“I don’t want to give advice, but all the while they could have learned to fix it themselves,” he said.
Shortly before, the CEO of Gazprom, Alexei Miller, had admitted that there was today no solution to the technical problems, for which he had to reduce gas supplies to Europe in recent days.
Miller explained that Siemens only has one plant where they do these engine technical reviews and that is in Canada.
“Canada imposed sanctions and now Siemens cannot remove the turbines” to return them to Russia, he said.
In addition, she reported that due to these problems she had to reduce the compressor units at the Portovaya station in the Leningrad region.
Gazprom alleged problems with technical reviews of Siemens turbines when it announced a 40% cut in gas supply via the Nord Stream on the 14th and another 33% the following day.
Germany assured to see a “political intention” in the reduction of the supply of Russian gas and a strategy of the Kremlin to cause a rise in prices, a criticism which was supported by the European Commission.
Nord Stream transports Russian gas to Germany via the Baltic Sea and was to be supplemented by Nord Stream 2, frozen by the German government due to the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.