“It would be ready”: Gazprom chief puts Nord Stream 2 into play

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The head of Gazprom brings Nord Stream 2 into play

As gas prices rise, Gazprom can afford to cut supplies to Western countries. It is said to be a faulty turbine in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, but CEO Miller explains what the solution would be: Nord Stream 2.

Gazprom claims that it plays by its own rules when supplying gas to other countries. “Our product, our rules,” company chief Alexei Miller said on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. “We don’t play by rules we didn’t make.” Miller has rejected criticism of Gazprom’s cuts in gas supplies to Germany and several other EU countries.

These are justified by the Russian group’s maintenance problems at the compressor station for Siemens’ Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which can be attributed to Western sanctions. “The turbine is in the factory, Siemens can’t pick it up and not all other turbines fit,” says Miller.

Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck sees this as pretense. The green politician suspects Moscow’s political calculation in order to put the West under pressure. Miller, on the other hand, reiterated his company’s reliability in energy supply. However, he added that this applies “to the friends of Russia”.

Regarding the problems at the compressor station, which Gazprom reports, the head of the company said that there is currently no solution. The German company Siemens, which is in charge of maintenance, is still silent, but is trying to find a solution. However, further deliveries are possible immediately if the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which was suspended due to the Ukrainian conflict, is operational, Miller added. The tube would theoretically be ready for use.

Deliveries to Europe return: “No problem”

According to Gazprom, the company’s gas exports to countries outside the former Soviet Union fell by 28.9 percent year on year. However, this will be offset by a massive increase in prices. The Asian market is also growing, Miller said. He has no problem with that in this regard.

Gazprom has already halted supplies to Poland, Bulgaria, Finland and the Netherlands because they refuse to pay for rubles for gas, according to EU sanctions decisions. According to Germany, it also pays in euros, but Gazprom Bank de facto converts payments into payments in rubles.

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