‘Turbine Works:’ Germany’s Scholz points finger at Russia in energy dispute

Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Germany—German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday there was no reason to delay the return of gas turbines for the Nord Stream 1 pipeline being built in Canada. Since then, it has been stuck in Germany due to increased energy. standoff.

Standing next to the turbine during a visit to the Siemens Energy plant in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Scholz said the turbine was fully operational and ready to be sent back to Russia if Moscow was willing to take it back. said it can.

European governments have accused Russia of curbing gas supplies under false pretenses in retaliation for Western sanctions after its invasion of Ukraine in February, and have removed a 12-meter (13-yard) turbine. Fate has been carefully watched.

Moscow denied doing so, citing turbine problems as the reason for the reduced gas flow through Nordstream 1.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov refuted Scholz’s remarks on Wednesday, blaming the lack of documentation that would delay the return of the turbines to Russia.

He also mentioned the possibility of Europe receiving gas through the Nordstream 2 pipeline, a Moscow-led project blocked by the West, as Russia has sent troops to Ukraine.

The turbine’s movements are shrouded in secrecy, and its whereabouts were unknown until Tuesday night when the Prime Minister’s visit to Siemens Energy was announced.

“The turbines are in motion,” Scholz told reporters, adding that the point of his visit was to show the world that the turbines were in motion, adding, “There was nothing mystical to observe here. ‘ said.

“It’s very clear and simple. The turbine is there, it can be delivered, but someone has to say, ‘I want to get it.'”

Even if Russia regains the turbines, Scholz warned that Germany could face further turmoil in the future, and that supply contracts could go unfulfilled.

He also said it “makes sense” for Germany to keep its three remaining nuclear power plants operational beyond the planned closures at the end of 2022…in the winter.

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A senior manager at Kremlin-controlled Gazprom said the delivery of the turbines after maintenance was not in line with the contract and was sent to Germany without Russia’s consent.

Pipes of the landing facility of the “Nord Stream 1” gas pipeline in Lubumin, Germany, July 21, 2022. (Annegret Hilse/Reuters)

Standing next to Scholz, Siemens Energy CEO Christian Bruch confirmed that talks with Gazprom were underway, but “no deal has been reached.”

A collapse in gas supplies and soaring prices have sent recession warnings to Germany’s largest economy in Europe, fueling fears of energy shortages and rationing for the winter.

Scholz called on Germans to brace themselves for rising bills and urged the government to conserve energy wherever possible, including taking shorter showers.

“This is the time when we must come together as a nation, but it is also the moment when we can show what we are capable of,” he said.

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder said Russia was ready for a negotiated solution to end the war in an interview published Wednesday after visiting Russia last week to meet with Putin. Stated.

Putin told Schroeder that if Nord Stream 2 is allowed to operate, it could deliver 27 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe by the end of the year, Peskov said.

“President Putin explained everything in detail and the former prime minister asked if Nord Stream 2 could be used in a crisis situation,” Peskov said. “Putin was not the initiator. Putin did not offer to turn it on, but he said it was technically possible and that this complex mechanism could be put to use immediately.”

Scholz suggested not using Nord Stream 2 as an alternative. “For good reason, we have exited the approval process,” Scholz said. “Nord Stream 1 has plenty of capacity. No shortage.”

Christoph Steitz



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