Russian energy giant Gazprom said the delivery of a pipeline turbine from Germany to Russia is “impossible," despite German Chancellor Olaf Scholz saying earlier on Wednesday that it was ready to go.
In a statement on Telegram the state-owned energy company said “the sanctions regimes of Canada, the EU, the UK and the inconsistency of the current situation with the current contractual obligations on the part of Siemens make the delivery of the 073 engine to the Portovaya CS impossible.”
Gazprom has consistently blamed reduced gas supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe on technical issues relating to the turbine. It was recently under repairs in Canada and then shipped to a Siemens Energy plant in Germany.
In a visit to inspect the turbine in the German city of Mülheim, the chancellor said, “It is clear and simple: the turbine is there. It can be delivered. All someone has to do is say, 'I want it.' Then it will be there very quickly.”
Scholz said that there were no legal or technical reasons or sanctions preventing the export of the turbine to Russia.