Canada will send a turbine for Nord Stream 1 to Germany

The Canadian authorities have decided to send a repaired Siemens turbine for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany. This was announced on July 9 by Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources of Canada.

According to La Presse, the issue of transferring the turbine was discussed with Berlin and Kyiv. Canada acknowledges that sanctions against Russia must be respected, but says the measures “should not destroy the German economy.”

Thus, Wilkinson said, after lengthy discussions with “European friends and allies” as well as with the International Energy Agency, Canada has decided to issue an export permit for the turbine.

Built in Canada by Siemens Energy AG, it was sent to Montreal for repairs but, due to sanctions against the Russian aviation industry announced by the Trudeau government, got stuck there. It was classified as a dual-use item and refused to be returned after repair.

Meanwhile, gas supplies from Russia, allegedly due to the lack of a turbine, fell by more than 60%. This greatly complicated the situation in Germany, which planned to increase gas reserves by winter. Berlin fears a complete cessation of gas supplies from Russia.

On July 7, it became known that the German government had turned to Canada to resolve the issue with the turbine. It hoped to “take away the turbine excuse from the Kremlin” in reducing supplies to Europe.

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