Russia’s state gas company Gazprom has relied on “force majeure” to supply gas to at least one European customer. This is clear from a message seen by Reuters news agency.
In the letter, dated Thursday, July 14, Gazprom said it was unable to fulfill its delivery obligations due to “exceptional” circumstances beyond its control. Gazprom has a monopoly on the export of Russian natural gas via pipelines.
The message was sent to Uniper, Germany’s largest importer of natural gas, among others. A German company spokesman told the DPA news agency that.
Gazprom Export, a subsidiary of the Russian state group, says it is invoking “force majeure” retroactively in that letter to justify past and current gas supply shortages. The spokesperson says Uniper rejects that language.
Earlier this month, the state-owned company temporarily halted supply to Nord Stream 1, the main connection to Germany, due to maintenance work that had been planned for some time. By mid-June, daily gas shipments to Germany had already been reduced by 40 percent.
Gazprom said last week that it could not guarantee that the gas pipeline would resume operation after maintenance. At the time, it was said that it was not yet clear whether the gas turbines that Siemens kept in Canada would be returned to Russia.
Gazprom does not comment at the moment.
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