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Gazprom says Siemens Energy must repair turbine before gas supply resumes

A senior Gazprom official said natural gas supplies to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline will not resume until Siemens Energy repairs faulty equipment.

When asked when supplies might resume, Gazprom deputy chief executive Vitaly Markelov told Reuters on Tuesday that “you should ask Siemens. They have to fix the equipment first,” he said. he told Reuters on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in the Russian far eastern city of Vladivostok. .

Gazprom halted all pipeline flows on Friday after it said it detected an oil leak in a turbine engine at the Portovaya compressor station and said it would cut off supply until the problem be resolved.

Europe is facing an unprecedented gas crisis.

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Siemens Energy, which supplied and serviced the Nord Stream 1 turbines, responded by saying the leak was no reason to stop gas flows.

“As the manufacturer of the turbines, we can only affirm that such a discovery is not a technical reason to stop operation,” he said in a statement, adding that such leaks do not generally do not affect the operation of a turbine and can be sealed in place.

These repairs were routine procedures, Siemens Energy said, adding that in the past, “the occurrence of this type of leak has not caused operations to stop.”

“Regardless of this, we have already stressed on several occasions that there are enough additional turbines available at the Portovaya compressor station to keep Nord Stream 1 running,” he added.

Siemens Energy said it was “not currently contracted for maintenance work, but is standing by”.

—Holly Ellyatt

Russia’s energy minister says price cap will lead to more Russian oil being shipped to Asia

A worker walks from the Sans Vitesse housing towards the gas receiving compressor station of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline in Lubmin, Germany, Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

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Russian Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov said the country would ship more oil to Asia in response to price caps on its oil exports, Reuters reported.

“Any action to impose a price cap will lead to a deficit in the own markets (of the initiating countries) and will increase price volatility,” he told reporters at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, according to Reuters.

Last week, the G-7 economic powers agreed to cap the price of Russian crude to punish Moscow for its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Prior to the invasion, Russia exported about half of its crude oil and petroleum product exports to Europe, according to the International Energy Agency.

— Natalie Tam

Zelenskyy promises ‘response’ to hometown attack, applauds destruction of Russian missile warehouse

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has praised Ukrainian fighters who destroyed a Russian missile warehouse and vowed to act in the wake of an attack on his hometown.

“I especially want to thank the fighters of one of our rocket artillery brigades who with their precise fire destroyed the very Russian warehouse from which the occupants obtained S-300 missiles to bombard Kharkiv “, Zelenskyy said in a statement posted on his official Telegram and translated by NBC.

Zelenskyy added that “the occupiers will definitely get a response” to Monday’s missile attack on his hometown of Kryvyi Rih, and the continued shelling of other territories.

— Samantha Subin

Macron urges the French to reduce their energy consumption by 10% to avoid rationing

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday called for a 10% reduction in France’s energy consumption in the coming weeks to avoid rationing and cuts amid tensions with the Russian supplier, according to the Associated Press. .

Energy rationing plans are being prepared “in case” they are needed, and that “cuts will occur as a last resort”, he told a news conference.

“The best energy is the one we don’t consume,” Macron said, urging French businesses and households to save energy, including turning down heating and air conditioning, the AP reported.

Speaking after a videoconference on Monday with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Macron announced a plan to increase gas supplies to Germany from France to offset a drop in Russian gas supplies from the east.

Germany will continue to supply electricity to France to fill the shortages caused by the maintenance of many French nuclear reactors.

—AP

Boris Johnson says Ukraine will beat Russia on outgoing call

Boris Johnson has told President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that Ukraine can and will defeat Russia in his last call as British Prime Minister.

Johnson, who was replaced as leader of the Conservative Party on Monday by Liz Truss, pledged to maintain a close friendship with Zelenskyy even if he leaves office.

“The Prime Minister told President Zelensky it had been a privilege to work with and support him, and the leaders agreed to stay in close contact as friends,” a Downing Street spokesman said. .

— Karen Gilchrist

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