Russia’s Gazprom Further Cuts Gas Deliveries To France

Russian energy giant Gazprom will slashing its natural gas deliveries to France "due to a disagreement between both sides over the execution of contracts".


This file photo taken on November 8, 2011 shows a view of the gas pipeline terminal prior to an inaugural ceremony for the first of Nord Stream’s twin 1,224 kilometre gas pipelines through the Baltic Sea, in Lubmin, northeastern Germany. The German government on July 20, 2022 accused Russia of using the absence of a turbine as a pretext to limit gas deliveries via a key pipeline due to go back online this week. Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom has reduced flows to Germany via Nord Stream 1 by some 60 percent in recent weeks, blaming the absence of a Siemens gas turbine that was undergoing repairs in Canada. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP) / NO USE AFTER AUGUST 19, 2022 14:31:22 GMT
A file photo of a gas pipeline terminal prior to an inaugural ceremony for the first of Nord Stream’s twin 1,224-kilometre gas pipelines through the Baltic Sea, in Lubmin, northeastern Germany.¬† AFP

 

French energy firm Engie said Tuesday that Russian energy giant Gazprom was slashing its natural gas deliveries “due to a disagreement between both sides over the execution of contracts”.

Engie added in a statement that Russian gas supplies had already been reduced drastically after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

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“Engie had already secured the necessary volumes to guarantee supplies for its clients and for its own needs,” it said.

Russian gas accounted for 4.0 percent of its overall energy supplies at the end of July, the group said.

Warnings from the French government have mounted in recent days about possible difficulties this winter due to energy shortages and galloping inflation.

Many European countries are facing severe supply problems as Moscow turns off the gas taps in response to EU military and diplomatic backing for Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron is to gather ministers for a special cabinet meeting on Friday in order to “prepare for all eventualities this autumn and winter,” his office said.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne urged company bosses on Monday to reduce their consumption and warned about the risk of rationing.

“If we end up with rationing, companies will be the most affected and unfortunately we need to be prepared for it,” she told the Medef business association.

Claire Waysand, deputy chief executive of Engie, told the same meeting on Monday that the weather would play a crucial role this winter.

“To be sure that we get through winter with enough electricity and gas, we have an interest in it not being too cold,” she said.

“If so, then there might be days when there are real tensions.”

France has been rapidly filling its gas storage facilities, which are now 90 percent full, and has negotiated extra supplies from Norway.

The country relies on nuclear for most of its electricity, but gas accounts for about 20 percent of its total energy consumption, mostly for residential heating and cooking as well as industrial purposes, official figures show.