Siemens says it has not delivered turbines to Russia for use at a power plant in Crimea, despite reports that the company’s equipment has been sent to backbone a gas-fired power project in the region.

Crimea is currently subject to European Union sanctions barring EU firms from supplying it with energy technology, three sources with knowledge of the delivery told Reuters.

The news agency reports that the company may have not taken sufficient safeguards to ensure its equipment does not end up on territory most countries view as illegally annexed, say legal experts, however Reuters firmly denied any knowledge of such a delivery taking place, referring to the news as ‘rumours’.

“Siemens has not delivered turbines to Crimea and complies with all export control restrictions,” said Wolfram Trost, a spokesman for Siemens in Munich, when asked to confirm the turbine transfer to Crimea.
SGT5-2000E  gas turbine
“We have no credible evidence about actual deliveries of our turbines to Crimea. However, we are taking these rumours seriously and have put in place a task force team to investigate the matter that is working diligently to clarify the facts.”

“If there were any re-routings of recently purchased turbines to Crimea, it would constitute a clear violation of contractual agreements. Siemens has repeatedly alerted its customer that Siemens complies with all export control restrictions. Siemens has taken all possible legal and will take operational measures to prevent the equipment from being used in an unlawful way, e.g. it will not provide any deliveries or services for installation, commissioning support or warranty. We will continue to fully cooperate with all stakeholders.”

Russia needs the turbines for two Crimean power plants the Kremlin wants to get up and running to fulfil a promise, made by President Vladimir Putin, to ensure a stable power supply for the region’s residents after it was annexed by Moscow from Ukraine in 2014.

Delivery of the turbines, intended for the two new power stations under construction, had been delayed for over a year because the firms involved feared violating EU sanctions, people involved in the project have told Reuters.

Russia’s Energy Ministry, which oversees the Crimea power plants project, declined to comment.

The turbines were SGT5-2000E gas turbines, an unnamed source told Reuters.

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