Canada has returned a repaired turbine to Russia for gas deliveries to Europe after weeks of uncertainty over sanctions and reduced supplies, the business daily Kommersant reported on Monday.
As Russian gas flows to Europe have dwindled since Russia invaded Ukraine in February and triggered Western sanctions, Canada recently agreed to allow the return of the Siemens Canada turbine to the Russian energy giant. Gazprom energy.
The turbine was loaded onto a plane bound for Germany on Sunday to expedite its arrival, according to Kommersant, who cited unnamed sources familiar with its itinerary.
It will then cross the land border with Finland and is expected to arrive at Russia’s Portovaya station around July 24.
After three to four days of installation, the gas pumping unit should be ready to release gas into the Nord Stream pipeline in early August.
Nord Stream has typically supplied Germany with 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year since commissioning in 2012.
Russia has blamed the absence of the turbine for cutting Europe’s gas supply by 60% in mid-June.
Last Monday, Gazprom began 10 days of maintenance on the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which was scheduled well in advance and is expected to resume on July 21.
The European Union and its gas-dependent economic powerhouse Germany, however, have expressed fears that Gazprom could close the floodgates without resuming supplies amid tensions between Russia and the West over the war in Ukraine. .
Canada returned the turbine two days after Gazprom submitted a formal request to Siemens to authorize its export to the Portovaya station.