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Canada and Ukraine argued about the volume of Russian gas

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Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson said that the volume of gas transit through Ukraine is not able to compensate for supplies via the Nord Stream pipeline.


“The bottom line is that the flows to Germany will be through pipelines coming from Russia through Ukraine, they will be much lower,” he said, speaking to a parliamentary committee that is studying a decision on the Nord Stream turbine.

According to the minister, the decision was agreed with NATO allies.

Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Yulia Kovaliv categorically disagrees with Wilkinson’s statement. According to her, already now a larger volume of fuel is supplied through the territory of the country than through a pipeline that bypasses it.

Nord Stream, the main route for gas supplies from Russia to Europe, has been operating with restrictions since mid-June, and since the end of July, only 20% of its nearly 170 million cubic meters of throughput capacity per day.

Gazprom attributed this to improper maintenance and a delay in the return from repair of the Siemens turbines used at the gas pumping units of the Portovaya compressor station to supply fuel. Now the work of the highway is provided by only one of the five engines.

As reported, the main difficulty arose with the return of the turbine from Canada, which imposed sanctions on Gazprom. The Canadian authorities issued a permit for its export only on July 10, but did not take into account the terms of the current contract in it and delivered the engine to Germany, and not to Russia. Permits from the EU and UK authorities are required for its further transportation.

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