Gazprom Reduces 1/3 of Italy’s Gas Supplies

Italian energy giant Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (Eni) announced that Russian oil company Gazprom has reduced Italy’s gas supplies by a third of their original amount.

On Monday, the first day of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline’s 10-day maintenance period, Gazprom supplied Italy with only 21 million cubic meters of gas as opposed to the usual 32 million.

While some of Gazprom’s gas shipments to Italy travel through the Nord Stream 1, which has been formally turned down for annual maintenance work, some of it also travels through the Trans Austria Gas Pipeline (TAG).

With Russian gas imports dropping from 40 percent to 25 percent since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Italian government assured that it has already made efforts to diversify its energy supplies in an effort to reduce its dependency on Moscow.

“There are no plans to implement energy contingency plans with extraordinary savings measures at the moment,” said Italian Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani.

Gazprom has also previously reduced gas supplies via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to only 40 percent of its capacity in the middle of last month.

Eni also assured Italian citizens that it will “Provide further information in the event of new and significant changes in flows.”

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