Russian court rejects Siemens appeal to have its turbines removed from Crimea

The Ninth Arbitration Appeals Court of the Russian Federation rejected Siemens’ to appeal seize the turbines which were transported to the Russian-annexed Crimea in violation of sanctions, TASS reported.

Siemens asked to have the four SGT5-2000E gas turbines seized and to prohibit the Russian company Technopromexport or other persons from transporting, installing, operating, modifying, disassembling or otherwise using the turbines. Additionally, Siemens asked that Technopromexport be prohibited from making deals aimed at exporting or possibly exporting the turbines, as well as from selling the turbines.

On August 20, the Moscow Arbitration Court refused to seize the turbines, and the company filed an appeal.

In early July 2017, it became known that Russia, in violation of sanctions, sent gas turbines made by the German company Siemens to Crimea, which were contracted for a power plant in the Krasnodar region of Russia.

Shortly afterward, Siemens filed suit against Teplopromexport and Technopromexport, which were responsible for the delivery of the turbines, and also against the St. Petersburg joint venture Siemens and Power Machines and Siemens Gas Turbine Technologies, which manufactured turbines.

In addition, in late July, Siemens cancelled the license agreement with Russian companies for the supply of equipment for power plants and temporarily stopped the supply of equipment for power plants under existing contracts with Russian state-run companies.

In August, the European Union imposed sanctions against two Foreign Economic Association Tekhnopromexport companies as well as the company Interautomatica (which is involved in the installation of the turbines).

  Siemens, Siemens turbines, Crimea, Sanctions on Russia, Russia