Wrong delivery route, lousy job: Gazprom complains about state of gas turbine

Wrong delivery route, lousy job
Gazprom complains about the state of the gas turbine

Three out of four defects were not fixed and the turbine was returned in a way that was not stipulated in the contract: Russia continues to struggle with the technology for gas deliveries. In addition, now more turbines would have to be repaired. It is not clear whether Moscow is preparing further cuts.

In the dispute over the reduction of gas supplies from Russia to Germany, Gazprom is making more accusations against its German partners. The deputy director of the Russian state company, Vitaly Markelov, explained on the state TV channel Rossiya-24 that the return of a pipeline turbine serviced in Canada to Russia through Germany instead of directly does not correspond to the terms of the contract. . Russia can now only accept the repaired turbine if there are guarantees from the EU and Britain that Western sanctions will not apply. Markelov did not explain why the Russian side cannot directly accept the turbine.

In addition, the manufacturer in charge of the maintenance, Siemens Energy, only corrected a quarter of the defects found. The company declined to comment on the new allegations, but did refer to a statement on Wednesday. Siemens Energy explained that they currently do not have access to the turbines on the site and that the company has not yet received any damage reports from Gazprom. “So we have to assume that the turbines are operational.”

Markelov said that Gazprom wrote 10 letters to Siemens Energy, but only a quarter resolved the issues raised. No details were given, but the company announced the publication of part of the communication with Siemens Energy. At the moment, only one of the six turbines is in use at the gas compression station, which is important for Nord Stream 1, Markelow said.

According to the TV report, another turbine is being prepared for repairs in Canada. There are also three turbines at the compressor station that need to be repaired on site by Siemens experts. The Kremlin had said the day before that Russia expected a speedy return of the turbine and its installation. According to Gazprom, the turbine is important to generate the pressure needed to pump the gas.

Following the invasion of Ukraine and subsequent economic sanctions imposed by numerous countries, Russia cut off gas supplies to the EU. While Russia gives technical reasons as a justification, the federal government and other EU states speak of Russia as a pretext. In fact, delivery cuts are a tit for tack for sanctions. In this context, Gazprom had already been accused of breach of contract by the German side.

The gas supply dispute was sparked, among other things, by the question of whether and under what conditions one of the turbines used to operate the gas pipelines would be returned to Russia, after regular maintenance. Canada had refused direct return transportation of the turbine due to sanctions against Russia, but had agreed to delivery to Germany for onward transfer to Russia. Siemens Energy had repeatedly denied the Russian version of being responsible for the delays.

Meanwhile, gas continues to arrive at German storage facilities despite greatly reduced supply volumes from Russia. From Tuesday to Wednesday, the fill level increased slightly by 0.3 percentage points to 67.5 percent, the Federal Network Agency reported in its daily gas management report. Since Wednesday, delivery volumes from the Baltic Sea Nord Stream 1 pipeline have been only around 20 percent of capacity.

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