The United States supports Canada’s decision to return the refurbished turbine to Germany for use in the Russian Nord Stream export pipeline, as it believes such an exemption from the sanctions regime will allow Europe to restore gas reserves, the State Department said.
“We support the decision of the Canadian government to return the gas turbine to Germany for use in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. In the short term, the turbine will allow Germany and other European countries to restore their gas reserves, improving energy security and countering Russian attempts to use energy as a weapon,” the statement says.
In mid-June, Gazprom announced that it could supply only 67 million cubic meters of gas per day to Nord Stream, with a planned volume of 167 million cubic meters. The company explained this by the development of the overhaul life of gas compressor units (GCU), delays in the work of the German Siemens, which, due to Canadian sanctions against Russia, cannot return the GCU from repair from the Canadian plant, as well as identified technical engine malfunctions.
Later, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson said that Canada, despite the sanctions, would return the equipment for Nord Stream at the request of Germany.