Gazprom: Resumption of deliveries through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline

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Russia’s largest natural gas pipeline to Europe will not resume deliveries until Siemens Energy repairs faulty equipment, Gazprom Deputy General Director Vitaly Markelov told Reuters on Tuesday. At the same time, representatives of Siemens Energy claim that they have not been asked to carry out repairs, but they are available, and the information provided by Gazprom regarding oil leaks does not normally affect the operation of a turbine.

Europe is facing its worst gas supply crisis in its history, with energy prices soaring and German importers even discussing possible rationalization in the European Union’s biggest economy after Russia cut flows to the west.

Gazprom said on Friday that the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, Europe’s main supply route, would remain closed because a turbine at a compressor station had an engine oil leak, sending wholesale gas prices soaring. gases.

Asked when Nord Stream 1 will start pumping gas again, Markelov told Reuters on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok: “You should ask Siemens. They have to fix the equipment first.”

Siemens Energy, headquartered in Munich, Germany, said on Tuesday it did not understand Gazprom’s presentation of the situation.

It said an engine oil leak at the last remaining turbine at the Portovaya compressor station was no reason to keep the pipeline closed.

“We cannot understand this new representation based on the information provided to us over the weekend,” Siemens Energy said in a written statement.

“Our assessment is that the finding communicated to us does not represent a technical reason for the shutdown. Such leaks do not normally affect the operation of a turbine and can be sealed on site,” she added.