Canada allows export of refurbished Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline turbines
Canada gave the green light on Saturday to supply repaired turbines of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany. Canada will grant Siemens Canada a “temporary and revocable permit to return the repaired Nord Stream 1 turbines to Germany,” Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said. “Without the necessary supply of natural gas, the German economy will face very serious difficulties, and the Germans themselves risk not being able to heat their homes in the coming winter.”
Russia cited a turbine failure in mid-June as one of the reasons for limiting its gas supply through the Nord Stream pipeline. The federal government questioned this argument. Economy Minister Robert Habek (Greens) said that from his point of view it is a “political action” and “the technical reasons are only formalized”.
The federal government has been in “intensive contact” with Ottawa for several weeks to return the turbine to Europe despite sanctions against Russia. Ukraine, on the other hand, called on Canada not to return the turbines, which are currently located in the Siemens group’s factories near Montreal.
The Nord Stream 1 pipeline will be shut down for routine maintenance on Monday. The federal government expects about ten days of work. Meanwhile, the Federal Grid Agency and the Ministry of Economic Affairs recently expressed concern that Russia will not be able to turn the gas tap back on.