At least one major energy company in Europe received a letter from Gazprom announcing that it was unable to meet its fuel supply obligations due to a force majeure, reports Reuters.
The letter is dated 14 July. The source of the agency claims that we are talking about a company from Germany and concerns supplies via the Nord Stream gas pipeline. At the same time, it is noted that non-fulfillment of obligations has been declared since June 14, when the Russian monopolist began to sharply reduce pumping.
The reason for such actions in Gazprom was the lack of equipment for the Portovaya compressor station. The head of the company, Alexei Miller, argued that it was impossible to replace a gas turbine engine from Siemens and that Russia could not repair it on its own.
The situation was complicated by the fact that the turbine, given for repair, ended up in Canada, from where its export was prohibited by sanctions. During the negotiations, the German authorities managed to resolve the situation, and the turbine will return to Russia, but the question remains about the repair of other turbines.
At the same time, Germany does not believe in official explanations, believing that the real goal of reducing supplies is an attempt to put pressure on the European Union and change its position on the military conflict in Ukraine. In particular, Siemens Energy CEO Joe Käser categorically rejected the possibility of reducing pumping from 167 to 67 million cubic meters per day due to one turbine.
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