Germany stated on Friday that it had received a favorable signal from Canada on the delivery of a turbine required for the maintenance of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline to Germany, but it could not specify whether the turbine had been delivered.
Last month, Russia’s Gazprom (GAZP.MM) reduced capacity along the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to barely 40% of normal levels, blaming the delayed return of equipment maintained by Germany’s Siemens Energy (ENR1n.DE), (SIEGn.DE) in Canada.
A person familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday that the decision to return the turbine had already been made.
According to Reuters, the turbine would be delivered to Germany first, which would then send it to Gazprom, ensuring that Canada does not violate any sanctions.
Siemens Energy did not respond to the report.
The Kremlin stated on Friday that if the turbine was returned, it would expand gas supply to Europe.
Ukraine is opposed to Canada turning over the turbine to Gazprom, believing that such a step would circumvent Russian sanctions, according to a Ukrainian energy ministry source on Thursday.