Italy’s Eni working with Gazprom to resolve Russian gas flow halt

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MILAN, Oct. 1 (Reuters) – Italy’s Eni (ENI.MI) said it would not receive gas it had requested from Russia’s Gazprom (GAZP.MM) for Saturday delivery, but the companies said they were working to to solve this.

Russia’s gas supply through the Tarvisio access point will be at zero on October 1. Eni, Italy’s largest importer of Russian gas, said in a statement on its website.

Moscow and several European countries, including Germany, are discussing the supply of natural gas from Russia since Ukraine’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

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The European Union says Moscow is using the gas flow needed for energy in the region as an economic weapon, something Russia has consistently denied, instead blaming the impact of Western sanctions on any supply disruptions.

Gazprom said in a statement to Telegram that the problem was the result of regulatory changes in Austria.

The Russian state energy giant said gas transit through Austria had been suspended after the country’s grid operator refused to confirm the transmission nominations.

The Austrian gas network operator was not immediately available for comment on Saturday to respond to Gazprom’s comments.

However, an Eni spokesperson said Austria continues to receive gas at the border with Slovakia.

Italy has secured additional gas imports from alternative suppliers this year to offset a drop in supplies from Russia after the war started in Ukraine.

Russian gas now accounts for about 10% of Italian imports, down about 40%, a source close to the matter said, while Algeria and the Scandinavian countries’ share has increased.

Elsewhere, Gazprom has cut natural gas supplies to Moldova by about 30%, said Vadim Ceban, director of gas company Moldovagaz.

On Friday, Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu said Gazprom had warned it about the cut.

Spinu said on Saturday that technical problems caused the reduction and Moldova would ask Gazprom to increase supplies.

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Reporting by Federico Maccioni and Francesca Landini in Milan, additional reporting by Mark Trevelyan in London, Michael Shields in Zurich and Alexander Tanas in Chisinau, editing by Gareth Jones, Kirsten Donovan and Alexander Smith

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