Russia stops supplying gas to Italy

The Italian energy group said its Russian partner stopped supplying gas because of trouble with the Austrian pipeline management company.

“Russian corporation Gazprom informed us that it cannot deliver today’s orders, citing the fact that gas cannot be delivered to Austria,” Italian energy group Eni said on October 1. “Russian gas supplies to Eni through the Tarvisio receiving station today will be at zero.”

The gas Gazprom sells to Eni is transported by a system that passes through Ukraine, flows into the Trans-Austrian Gas Pipeline (TAG) to the Tarvisio pumping station in northern Italy. Eni Group said it will provide more information when the supply from Gazprom is resumed.





Gazprom's Siberian Energy plant, which processes gas mined in the Russian Far East, in November 2019.  Photo: Reuters.

Gazprom’s Siberian Energy plant, which processes gas mined in the Russian Far East, in November 2019. Image: Reuters.

According to a statement from Gazprom on Telegram, the flow through Austria was halted because the partner in Austria refused to confirm the plan to transfer gas to Italy, because Austria is having some changes in gas market management, starting effective from the end of September.

“Gazprom is looking for a solution to this problem with its Italian customer,” the Russian energy group said.

The company that operates TAG has not commented on the gas forwarding issue from Gazprom to Eni.





Pipelines that deliver Russian gas to Europe.  Click to see details.

Pipelines that deliver Russian gas to Europe. Click to see details.

Before the Russian-Ukrainian war, imported gas accounted for 95% of gas consumption in Italy, of which Russia held about 45% of the market share.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has signed a series of new agreements with other suppliers and accelerated the development of renewable energy in the hope of reducing dependence on Russian gas. By June, Russian shipments accounted for 25% of Italian gas imports.

In addition to Italy, the list of European countries receiving Russian gas through pipelines in Ukraine includes Slovakia, Moldova, Romania and the Czech Republic. The agency that operates the gas transit pipeline in Ukraine previously forecast the total volume of goods on October 1 at 41.6 million m3.

Russia in early September announced the closure of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline indefinitely, citing an oil leak in the main turbine. The EU has criticized Russia for weaponizing energy, while Russia has denied the accusations, citing Western sanctions as a source of supply disruptions.

Name (Theo AFP, RT)

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