© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Italian energy company Eni is seen at a gas station in Rome, Italy September 30, 2018. REUTERS / Alessandro Bianchi / File Photo
By Federico Maccioni and Francesca Landini
MILAN (Reuters) -Italy’s Eni said it would not receive any of the gas it ordered from Russia’s Gazprom (MCX:) for delivery later this week, although the companies said they were working to fix this.
Russian gas supplies through the Tarvisio border gate will be at zero on October 1, Eni, the largest Russian gas importer in Italy, said in a statement on its website on Saturday. .
The Italian group then added that it would not receive any of the requested imports for October 2 and the situation is expected to remain the same on Monday.
Moscow and several European countries, including Germany, have been worried about supplies from Russia since it invaded Ukraine in February.
Tensions spiked this week after leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines connecting Russia and Germany spewed tons of methane into the Baltic Sea, which the United Nations believes could be the cause of the gas leak. greatest climate damage ever recorded.
On Saturday, the operator of Nord Stream 2 said gas had finally stopped leaking out, five days after the initial rupture, which both Russia and the West blamed for the sabotage.
The European Union says Moscow is using the gas flow needed for energy in the region as an economic weapon, something Russia has always denied, instead blaming the impact of its sanctions. West for any supply disruptions.
Gazprom said in a statement on Telegram the problem was the result of regulatory changes in Austria. It said gas shipments through the country had been suspended after its grid operator refused to confirm shipping nominations, or the amount Gazprom intended to ship.
The Austrian government said Gazprom had not signed the necessary contracts.
“At the beginning of each gas year, various technical changes in the market pattern will go into effect,” the Department of Energy said in a statement. “Contract changes are necessary for this. These contracts have not yet been signed by Gazprom. Therefore, transport nominations for today cannot be accepted. A solution is currently being worked on. present at the technical level at full speed.”
An Eni spokesman said Austria continues to receive gas at the border with Slovakia.
A spokesman for Austria’s OMV said supplies from Russia were not an issue. “The volume nominated for gas today for OMV today is significantly higher than it was at the end of the year,” he said.
Italy has secured additional gas imports this year from alternative suppliers to compensate for the drop in flows from Russia after the start of the war in Ukraine.
A source close to the matter said that Russian gas now accounts for about 10 percent of Italy’s imports, down from about 40 percent, while its share from Algeria and northern Europe has increased.
In another development, Gazprom has cut off natural gas supplies to Moldova by about 30%, said Vadim Ceban, director of the Moldovagaz gas company.
On Friday, Moldova Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu said Gazprom had warned them about the reduction.
Spinu said on Saturday that technical problems had caused the drop and Moldova would ask Gazprom to increase supply.