BERLIN, Aug 2 (Reuters) - A Nord Stream 1 gas turbine that
has become the focus of a deepening energy row with Russia is in
Germany after undergoing maintenance in Canada, and German
Chancellor Olaf Scholz will visit it on Wednesday, Siemens
Russia has cited problems with the turbine as the reason for
cutting gas supply via Nord Stream 1 - its main gas link to
Siemens Energy said Scholz would visit its site at Muelheim
an der Ruhr, in northwestern Germany, on Wednesday.
"He (Scholz) will, together with our CEO Christian Bruch,
take a look at the turbine serviced in Canada for the Nordstream
1 gas pipeline, which is ready for onward transport to Russia,"
Siemens Energy said in an invitation to the event.
A senior manager at Russian gas giant Gazprom said
last week that delivery of the turbine to Germany from Canada
after the maintenance work had been completed was not in line
with the contract. Its exact whereabouts since then had been
The European Union disputes arguments by Russia and Gazprom
that turbine problems are to blame for the sharp drop in supply
through the pipeline that links Russia to Germany under the
The shortfall has raised the risk of shortages and gas
rationing in Europe this winter.
(Reporting by Alexander Huebner and Christoph Steitz
Writing by Madeline Chambers. Editing by Jane Merriman, Victoria
Waldersee and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)