Italy will be able to survive the winter with its existing gas storage facilities and gas flow levels if there are no "catastrophic events," the country's Energy Minister Roberto Cingolani said Sunday, Reuters reported.
"We have gas storage filled at more than 90% (of capacity),” Roberto Cingolani told state-owned television channel Rai Tre, adding that gas was still flowing into Italy, which could also rely on a savings plan ahead of the winter.
"Our simulations show that, if there are no catastrophic events such as very cold winter months or other war developments (in Ukraine), we are covered for the winter," he said. “The problem in this moment is not availability (of gas) but (its) price."
Cingolani, added that Rome has allocated other resources to ensure 92-93% storage levels to be flexible during the peak of the winter season.
Eni Energy Group, Italy's largest importer of Russian gas, said Saturday that it would not receive gas ordered for delivery this weekend and expects the situation to last until Monday.
The interruptions added to tensions caused by leaks discovered last week in the Nord Streams, which connect Russia and Germany.
Cingolani did not mention the disruptions to Eni, but said a meeting with the Russian ambassador Monday at the Italian Foreign Ministry would have topics on the agenda concerning alleged sabotage at Nord Stream
On the night of September 26, there was a leak on one of the strings of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. It happened in the Danish Exclusive Economic Zone southeast of Bornholm Island. There were also gas leaks from both strings of Nord Stream 1 northeast of Bornholm.