The German Ambassador to Russia called the supply of turbines by Siemens in the Crimea a violation of the contract and the impact on investment in Russia
The Ambassador of Germany to Russia rüdiger Von Fritsch called the supply gas turbines of the German company Siemens to bypass Western sanctions, the Crimea for the construction of power plants with contract violation and the impact on investment in Russia. In his opinion, Russian authorities should investigate the situation. Earlier in the Ministry of energy assuredthat the scandal with the turbines will not ruin the plans for the supply of the Peninsula.
According to Von Fritsch, “there is every reason to believe that if what happened is
true, Siemens has been seriously deceived and it was a breach of contract, a serious erosion of trust and a very strong impact on investments in Russia.” Answering the question: are German authorities to investigate the situation, the Ambassador said that “it is the Russian authorities must investigate,” reports “Interfax”.
Earlier, Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak said that the scandal with the supply of gas turbines in the Crimea will not affect plans for the supply of the Peninsula. According to him, the first blocks of the Crimean power plants will be launched in the first quarter of 2018.
In the Kremlin the day before, commenting on the situation, said that in the Crimea installed turbines manufactured in Russia and assembled in the Russian companies. A message indicating that Siemens want to avoid installing turbines in the Crimea, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov did not comment.
On the eve of Siemens confirmedthat at least two gas turbines, which were delivered to Russia for energy project on the Taman Peninsula, was transported to the Crimea in violation of the contract. In this regard, the German company is preparing a lawsuit against allegedly deceived her customer – the Russian company “Tekhnopromexport” (subsidiary of Rostec). The representative of Siemens in Munich Wolfram Trost said that his company did not supply turbines to the Crimea and did not violate the sanctions regime.
Previously on “Technopromexport” engaged in the construction of the Simferopol and Sevastopol thermal power plant in Crimea, explained that he purchased the Peninsula for four sets of turbines is not directly from Siemens, and in the secondary market, and then independently made their upgrades at Russian plants.
On the supply of turbines by Siemens in the Crimea reported July 5 by Reuters. According to journalists, two of the four turbines SGT5-2000E, the production of which involved only experts from Siemens were delivered by sea to the Peninsula and unloaded in the port of Sevastopol. It was noted that the turbines will be installed at the Sebastopol plant.
Krost delivery denied, noting that it is abiding by all the restrictions of export control. Then, in Siemens announced the start of the investigation reports on deliveries of its gas turbines in the Crimea to bypass sanctions. The company stressed that the redirection of the recently acquired equipment on the Peninsula are in violation of contractual obligations.
Later, Reuters revealedthat the supply of turbines in the Crimea was occupied by Russian CJSC “Interavtomatika”, in which Siemens owns a 45.7% stake. Agency sources said that this is one of the firms involved in the installation and commissioning of the supplied to the Peninsula of the equipment.