German energy company Siemens Energy rejected that an oil leak like the one that the Russian state consortium Gazprom says it has detected in a gas pipeline compressor station Nord Stream 1 be reason to stop gas flow. “As a manufacturer of the turbines, we can only say that such a finding does not constitute a technical reason to stop operation,” a spokesman for the German company was quoted as saying by the media.
He added that “these leaks do not usually affect the operation of a turbine and can be sealed in situ” and specified that it is “a routine procedure within the framework of maintenance tasks.” Siemens has also stressed that in the past, the appearance of a leak has not led to the suspension of operations. “Regardless of this, we have already pointed out on several occasions that there are enough more turbines available at the Portovaya compression station for the operation of Nord Stream,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the German government declared that it had “taken note” of the recent announcement of Gazprom, which, he said, does not comment on itself. “But in recent weeks we have already seen how unreliable Russia is and we have continued unswervingly and consistently with our measures to strengthen independence from Russian energy imports,” said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Economy it’s a statement.
In that sense, he assured that Germany is now “much better prepared than a few months ago.” Thus, the level of the gas storage tanks is now at 84.3%, that is, the 85% filling target for October 1 should be reached already in the first days of September, he specified. “We are also making progress in supply via routes other than Russian pipelines and in new liquefied gas landing capabilities,” he added.
She acknowledged that times are “difficult” and that “great efforts” remain to be made, but she was convinced that Germany is “on the right track” to deal with the situation. “The situation in the gas market is tense, but security of supply is guaranteed,” she assured. In general, she added, the Government watches the situation very closely in close exchange with the network operators and the Federal Network Agencythe regulatory authority for the network markets in Germany.
For his part, the president of the Federal Networks Agency, Klaus Mueller, He commented that “in view of the Russian decision not to allow the flow of gas through Nord Stream 1 for the time being, the LNG terminals, the relevant storage levels and the significant savings needs gain in importance.” “It’s good that Germany is better prepared in the meantime, but now it’s up to each and everyone,” she said in a message on Twitter.