MOSCOW Four turbines which Reuters revealed in August were earmarked for power plants in Crimea are instead being put up for sale by the Russian company which ordered them from a joint venture of Germany's Siemens (SIEGn.DE).
Sources had told Reuters that two power plants were being built to house the turbines on the Black Sea peninsula, which is subject to European Union sanctions after being annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014.
Siemens said at the time its joint venture was making turbines for a separate plant on Russia's Taman peninsula and not in Crimea. There was no suggestion that the company knew of or condoned the planned transfer of its products to Crimea.
Russian power-plant builder Technopromexport plans to sell the four turbines after a tender to build the plant on the Taman peninsula was canceled after receiving no bids, the company's owner, state defense conglomerate Rostec, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Technopromexport was unable to bid itself because of the impact of EU and U.S. sanctions in 2015 on its finances, Rostec added.
"The tender was canceled due to the lack of bids submitted by wholesale market participants," Rostec said in a statement.
"In relation to Technopromexport's inability to participate in the Taman project, the decision was taken to sell the four gas turbines."
(Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Alexander Smith)