According to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, Russia’s Gazprom is awaiting documentation that would enable the return of the serviced Nord Stream 1 gas turbine from Germany.

Russia has reduced gas shipments through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, a crucial conduit for Russian gas to Europe, to one-fifth of its capacity, citing technical concerns with Siemens Energy gas turbines.

The first turbine, which is at the center of an energy stalemate with the West, is being held up in Germany after service in Canada, and Russia has said that documentation are required to demonstrate that it is not subject to Western sanctions.

Earlier on Wednesday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Russia has no motive to delay the turbine’s return. 

Also on Wednesday, it was revealed that during their meeting last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was ready to be deployed to assist expand gas supplies to Europe.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline was completed but not placed into service owing to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and ensuing sanctions.

According to Peskov, Putin told Schroeder that Russian gas supplies had dropped from 167 million cubic meters per day to roughly 30 million cubic meters after Poland sanctioned the Yamal-Europe pipeline and Ukraine halted shipments through one of the routes.

He said that Schroeder had been discussing gas supply challenges and had inquired if the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline might be utilised.

“Putin was not initiating this, Putin did not propose to switch it on,” Peskov said, adding that Nord Stream 2 may deliver 27 billion cubic metres this year if it is activated. “Putin said that the (Nord Stream 2) pipeline was ready to be used.”

Source: Reuters

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