(Reuters) – Gazprom (MCX: GAZP) said on Saturday that Siemens Energy is ready to help repair damaged equipment at the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, but has They have nowhere to go for this work.
The Kremlin accuses Western sanctions of sabotaging Nord Stream 1 and erecting hurdles in routine maintenance. Western officials rejected the claim, and Siemens Energy said the sanctions did not prohibit repairs.
Before the latest round of repairs, Gazprom had cut the flow to just 2200 a percentage of the pipeline’s capacity.
Gazprom said in a statement that Siemens Energy is participating in the repair work under an existing contract between the two companies and is preparing to repair what Gazprom said was forcing Its failure to shut down natural gas supplies to Germany via pipeline.
Siemens Energy said Saturday that it could not immediately confirm Gazprom’s statement.
“As of yesterday, we are not involved in repairs and have no repair orders,” the company spokesman said.
On Friday evening, Gazprom said it had detected an oil spill in the turbine and would not restore gas supply to Germany via Nord Stream 1 until it was repaired. It said repairs could only be carried out in specially installed workshops.
“Siemens is participating in repairs under the current contract, is detecting faults…and is ready to repair the oil spill. There is only nowhere to repair,” Gazprom in said in a statement on its Telegram channel. But just hours before the pumping began, Gazprom released a photo on Friday of what it said was an oil leak from one of its Nord Stream 1 equipment.
Siemens Energy, maintenance equipment and maintenance equipment at the Portovaya compressor station supplying Nord Stream 1, said on Friday that the leak did not constitute a technical reason for stopping the flow, adding that it could be on site Sealed and “within the scope of routine maintenance work”.
Europe accuses Russia of using gas supplies as a weapon, in what Moscow calls an “economic war” with the West, as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine .
Asked about the shutdown on Saturday, Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said the EU wants Russia to respect the energy contracts it has agreed to, but if Moscow doesn’t, they are prepared to face the challenge.