Siemens has eliminated no more than a quarter of the identified faults on the turbines of the Nord Stream gas pipeline (SP). This was announced on July 29 by Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Gazprom.
“We have repeatedly applied to the Russian representative office of Siemens <...> no more than a quarter of the identified faults have been eliminated. For the rest, we have not received constructive and sufficient proposals to restore security and reliability, ”he said on the air of the Rossiya 24 TV channel.
In addition, according to Markelov, sending a gas turbine engine from Canada to Germany instead of Russia does not meet the terms of the contract. He noted that soon “Gazprom” will publish a part of the correspondence with Siemens regarding the repair of turbines.
On June 14 and 15, Gazprom announced the shutdown of two, and then another, gas pumping units serving Nord Stream. The decision was made due to the situation with Siemens turbines, which the German company could not return from maintenance from Canada due to sanctions against the Russian Federation. On July 17, it became known that the Canadian side nevertheless sent equipment to Germany.
On July 25, Gazprom announced the shutdown of another turbine and specified that the daily capacity of the compressor station from July 27 will be up to 33 million cubic meters. m per day.
On July 27, the German government announced that the turbine was ready to be handed over to the Russian side.
At the same time, Markelov said that Siemens was not repairing the faulty engines of the Nord Stream gas pipeline, which is why only one gas turbine engine is currently operating at the Portovaya compressor station. He specified that a total of six gas pumping units of the German company were installed at the station.
On the same day, the German operator Gascade reported that gas supplies via Nord Stream had dropped to 1.28 million cubic meters on Wednesday. m/h – 20% of the capacity of the gas pipeline.
Siemens Energy, in turn, said that it would be able to return the remaining turbines for Nord Stream to Europe if they decide to send them for maintenance to Canada. In addition, the company claims that they have not received new reports from Gazprom about malfunctions in the units.
Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov expressed hope for a successful outcome in the delivery of the turbine.