Visit of the German Chancellor: revocation of a permit for turbines claimed | War in Ukraine

German Chancellor's visit: revocation of permit for turbines claimed | War in Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will be greeted upon his arrival in the country on Sunday evening at Montreal-Trudeau Airport by Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.

The Russian energy giant Gazprom had suspended the operation of one of the last two turbines in service of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline due to a technical problem and had considerably reduced gas deliveries to Europe.

Hours before German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing fresh calls from Ukraine to revoke a permit to ship repaired turbines in Montreal back to a construction giant. Russian energy, representing an exemption from economic sanctions imposed on Russia since its invasion of Ukraine.

Mr. Scholz, who took over from Angela Merkel last December, will begin a three-day visit to Canada, which includes stops in Toronto and Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador.

He will be accompanied by Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck, responsible for Germany's energy file.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (archives).

While in the Magdalen Islands on Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has heightened the need for an energy transition and to help Europe to be less dependent on Russia for energy.

Ukraine, however, criticized Mr. Trudeau and his government for deciding last month to accept a request from Germany to exempt Siemens Canada from sanctions against Russia so that the #x27;company can return a turbine for the Nord Stream 1 pipeline that supplies natural gas to Germany.

The turbine was being repaired at the Siemens facility in Montreal, the only place in the world capable of repairing and maintaining the equipment. The turbine was delivered to Germany and was to be transported to Russia, but the Russian authorities have so far refused to accept it.

The Russia has also reduced gas flow through the pipeline to 20% of capacity and recently announced that it will completely shut down the line for three days at the end of the month, citing the need for unscheduled maintenance.

The permit from the federal authorities also authorizes Siemens to import, repair and return five other turbines used in Nord Stream 1, according to their maintenance schedule, until the end of 2024.

In an interview, Ukraine's Ambassador to Canada, Yulia Kovaliv, again asked Siemens to revoke this license.

She said it is clear that Russia will not accept the turbine delivered by Siemens to Germany, and accused Russia of using the gas supply as a a way to terrorize Europe.

“Our position is very clear: we believe this exemption should be rescinded immediately.

— Yulia Kovaliv, Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada

Orest Zakydalsky, Ukrainian Canadian Congress, said the chancellor's visit will be the highlight of the day. opportunity for them to overturn the policy and revoke the permit.

Ministers, however, defended the move as necessary to secure gas supplies for Germany. They argue the Kremlin may have used Canada's refusal to return the turbine to challenge international sanctions for power shortages in Europe, which could undermine public support for Ukraine.

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Federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in an interview that Canada will continue to assess its decision to allow the turbine to return to Gazprom, the energy giant owned by the Russian state which operates Nord Stream 1.

It was obviously a difficult decision and we made it on the basis that we believe that not Sending the turbine back would have given Putin an excuse, he argued.

This would have potentially undermined support for Ukraine from of certain European populations.

Mr Wilkinson believes Russia's ride has now been exposed and there is increasing pressure on Gazprom and the Russian government.

We hope the turbine will return to Gazprom and that it will eventually enter service, he said.

He added that the government stands by its decision and believes that it is too early to consider changing its exemption.

We will have to see what will evolve over the next few months […]. We will obviously continue to dialogue with our European partners and our German partners, he said.

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Scholz and Trudeau intend to discuss energy security and the transition to clean energy, including secure access to resources keys like clean hydrogen and critical minerals, according to the PMO.

In Stephenville, leaders are expected to sign a pact that will set ambitious timelines and targets for exporting hydrogen to Germany, though some experts say the deal will hurt commitments Canada's climate change and is not a solution to Europe's energy crisis.

A four-partner consortium named World Energy GH2 plans to build a zero-emissions plant in the community of Earth- New. It will use wind power to produce hydrogen and ammonia for export.

If approved , the project will be the first of its kind in Canada.

The consortium said the first phase of the proposal is for the construction of up to 164 onshore wind turbines to power a hydrogen production facility in a deep water port. Long-term plans include tripling the size of the project.

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