Canada to return Russian gas turbine to Germany amid Europe energy crisis
Canada will return a repaired Russian turbine to Germany necessary for maintenance on the key Russia-Europe natural gas pipeline, despite objections from Ukraine.
In a statement on Saturday, Canada’s minister of natural resources, Jonathan Wilkinson, said the government will “grant a time-limited and revocable permit for Siemens Canada to allow the return of repaired Nord Stream 1 turbines to Germany.”
The move would support “Europe’s ability to access reliable and affordable energy as they continue to transition away from Russian oil and gas,” he added.
Wilkinson said the permit was issued after discussions with “our European friends and allies” as well as the International Energy Agency.
Last month, Russia’s Gazprom cut capacity along the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to just 40% of usual levels, citing the delayed return of equipment being serviced by Germany's Siemens Energy in Canada.
Moscow has announced that it would increase gas supplies to Europe if the turbine was returned.
The reduction in gas flows since mid-June due to the absence of the gas turbine comes as Germany and the rest of Europe try to reduce their dependence on Russian energy imports.
Germany, which has Europe’s biggest economy, gets about 35% of its gas to power industry and generate electricity from Russia.