*GazpromVienna — Russian gas group Gazprom’s Austrian business has filed for insolvency and hopes to restructure, a lawyer for the company said on Friday, blaming a halt to Russian gas deliveries that he said resulted from a dispute with Germany’s Uniper.
The German utility said in November it had launched an arbitration process in pursuit of billions of euros in compensation from Gazprom for undelivered gas, which brought the gas trader to the brink of collapse last year.
“Gazprom Austria GmbH felt compelled to file for insolvency at the Vienna Commercial Court following the cessation of natural gas deliveries by Gazprom Export Ltd., St Petersburg,” lawyer Georg Unger said in a statement, adding that deliveries were halted because of a dispute with Uniper.
“Gazprom Austria GmbH is endeavouring to bring about a settlement with all parties involved as part of a restructuring process,” the statement added.
Uniper said the legal action included claims against Gazprom Export LLC, which were issued as part of injunction proceedings that Uniper applied and that it can enforce within European laws.
“Please understand, however, that we do not provide any information on the individual measures in this context,” the company, which was nationalised last year, said.
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