Olaf Scholz: Turbine for Nord Stream 1 is ready for operation

Olaf Scholz: Turbine for Nord Stream 1 is ready for operation

Olaf Scholz: the Nord Stream 1 turbine is ready for operation

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visits the Siemens Energy site in Mülheim an der Ruhr.   Olaf Scholz: Turbine for «Nord Stream-1» ready to go

The German Chancellor said that only the documentation from Russia is missing for customs clearance

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz inspected the turbine for Nord Stream 1 and said on Wednesday that with it ” there are no problems” and it is ready for operation and connection.

Last week, Gazprom halved the volume of natural gas flowing through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to 20% of capacity, citing delays in turbine repairs and delivery. But Scholz insisted the turbine was ready to ship to Russia at any time.

German partner Siemens Energy shipped the turbine to Canada earlier this year for a major overhaul. The German government claims the turbine was due to be installed in September and claims that Moscow is using misleading technical explanations as a political ploy to drive up gas prices.

The turbine is now stored at a Siemens Energy facility in the city of Mülheim an der Ruhr in western Germany.

“It can be installed immediately,” Scholz said, standing in front of the turbine. – She's here. She is ready to go.”

According to Scholz, there are no obstacles to transporting her to Russia, the only thing missing is documentation from Russia for customs clearance.

“ All other permits are available – this applies to permits from Germany, and permits from the European Union, from the UK, from Canada. There are no problems,” the chancellor stated.

Gazprom has repeatedly stated that it is demanding documents and clarifications from Siemens Energy, and said a week ago that it was not satisfied with the documents received.

leverage on Europe, which has imposed broad sanctions against Russia because of the war in Ukraine.

Scholz noted that EU sanctions do not apply to gas used to supply industry, heat homes and generate electricity.

Earlier, at the end of July, EU energy ministers approved a compromise plan to reduce gas consumption for all EU countries by 15 percent, starting from August 1 this year and until March 31, 2023. This is a necessary measure, according to European leaders, should help prepare for possible interruptions in gas supplies from Russia. The website of the Council of the EU notes that “Russia is constantly using energy as a weapon.”