The Canadian government does not believe that gas transit through Ukraine could be an alternative to the Nord Stream gas pipeline, news agency Bloomgerg reported on Aug. 4, citing Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson.
“The bottom line is that the flows that could be expected to move to Germany through the pipelines that run from Russia via Ukraine would be significantly lower than what Nord Stream can move,” Wilkinson told a Canadian parliamentary committee.
According to him, Canada didn’t want to rely on transit through Ukraine as a replacement for Nord Stream due to insufficient capacity, and the decision to return a Siemens turbine intended for the Russian gas pipeline was connected to this.
Canada returned the turbine, which was under repair in Canada, despite Russia being under international sanctions.
The minister also noted that due to Russia’s full-scale war in Ukraine there are significant risks to gas supplies, and Russia may reduce pumping through the Ukrainian Natural Gas Transmission System.
However, on the same day, the claims of the Canadian minister were challenged by Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada Yuliya Kovaliv.
“It is not true that Ukraine cannot replace gas supplies to Germany,” Kovaliv said.
She added that at the moment more gas goes through the Ukrainian Natural Gas Transmission System than through Nord Stream.