Gazprom says no extra commitments for Russia to get Nord Stream 1 turbine

MOSCOW, July 22 (Reuters) – Russian energy goliath Gazprom GAZP.MM said on Friday the ongoing agreement with Siemens Energy ENR1n.DE doesn’t expect Russia to make any further move to work with the arrival of a turbine for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline.

Nord Stream 1, which runs on the bed of the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany, restarted siphoning gas on Thursday following a 10-day upkeep, yet at just 40% of its ability.

Gazprom cut the streams in June, saying it couldn’t get back the turbine, which had been shipped off Canada for fixes. Germany, thusly, has said that the turbine being referred to was intended to just be utilized in September.

It said on Friday that the organization actually had not gotten important documentation from Siemens Energy affirming the exclusion from European Union and Canadian authorizations for the turbine to be gotten back to the Portovaya blower station.

On Thursday, two individuals acquainted with the matter said the turbine was trapped on the way in Germany since Russia has so far not given the thumbs up to move it back.

“Gazprom highlighted that the ongoing terms of the agreement don’t accommodate extra commitments of the Russian side to get this motor,” the Kremlin-controlled organization said in a proclamation after it had again asked Siemens Energy for the papers.

Germany excuses Russia’s contention that the missing turbine is the justification behind lower supplies through Nord Stream 1, and has blamed Moscow for utilizing gas streams as a political weapon. Russia has said it was a dependable energy provider.