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Canada Will Return Sanctioned Nord Stream Turbine to Germany

  • Decision pitted Europe’s energy needs against Russia penalties
  • Equipment built by Siemens unit got stranded over Ukraine war
The gas receiving station of the halted Nord Stream project in Lubmin, Germany.

The gas receiving station of the halted Nord Stream project in Lubmin, Germany.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Canada has agreed to export a natural-gas turbine back to Germany for use in the Nord Stream pipeline, issuing a “time-limited and revocable” permit to exempt it from sanctions on Russia’s oil and gas industry.

The decision was made over the objections of Ukraine’s government and the large Ukrainian diaspora in Canada, who argued that sending the pressurization turbine back would undermine the sanctions regime.