Italy will receive less gas on Wednesday from the Russian state gas company Gazprom. According to the Italian oil and gas group Eni, this is about 15 percent less gas than normal.
Gazprom did not give reasons for the decision, according to Eni. It is also not clear whether the gas tap will open fully again after Wednesday. Italy is one of the largest users of Russian gas in Europe.
At the time of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the country was dependent on Russia for about 40 percent of its gas needs. Italy is trying to reduce that dependence and has already concluded deals with, among others, Algeria and Egypt for more gas. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi is currently in Israel to discuss gas deliveries.
On Tuesday, Gazprom said deliveries to Germany through the Nord Stream pipeline would be 40 percent smaller than normal. That would be due to the repair of parts by the German company Siemens. According to Bloomberg news agency, this happened in Canada and the turbine could not be returned after the repair due to sanctions.
However, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck calls Gazprom’s move a political decision. According to Habeck, the move is not “technically explicable”.