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Canada: Ukraine Gas Pipeline Isn’t a Good Alternative for Nord Stream. 

Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on March 3, 2022. File photo by The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s energy official justified the release of a sanctioned turbine for the Nord-Stream 1 gas pipeline, claiming that the government was not convinced by Ukraine’s arguments that there were other alternatives

Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told legislators in Ottawa that relying on an existing pipeline through Ukraine as a replacement for Nord Stream was considered impractical due to capacity limits.

“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, said the minister said to a parliamentary committee studying the turbine decision.

Wilkinson stated that he reviewed Ukraine’s plan with International Energy Agency experts and discussed it with representatives from the European Union and Germany.

There are additional risks to relying on a pipeline that goes through a conflict zone, and nothing prevents Russia from decreasing shipments through Ukraine as well, he said.

Wilkinson went on to say that Canada’s turbine decision was made in close collaboration with NATO allies. He reiterated Germany’s argument that the decision effectively “called Putin’s bluff” by removing an excuse to suspend Nord Stream gas deliveries to Germany.

However, Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada, Yuliia Kovaliv, contradicted Wilkinson’s claims.

“That’s not true that Ukraine cannot deliver a substitute gas delivery to Germany,” she said, adding that the Ukrainian network currently ships more gas than Nord Stream. “This is the only pipeline where Russian monopoly Gazprom has no stake, and it delivers gas to Europe even during the war.”

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