The reason is that Finland, like Poland and Bulgaria, refuses to pay for Russian gas in rubles.

Russia and state-owned Gazprom, one of the world's largest oil and gas companies, have since April 1 demanded that foreign companies wishing to buy Russian oil and gas pay in rubles in an attempt to convert dollars and euros into Russian currency.

- Gasum says that it has not received a response from Gazprom and therefore it is expected that gas deliveries will be cut today or tomorrow, says Liselott Lindström, SVT's Finland correspondent.

Individual households not very dependent

Today, gas accounts for about five percent of Finland's total energy consumption, whereas 90 percent of gas is delivered from Russia.

Individual households are not particularly dependent on Russian gas, but industries, such as the forest and chemical industry, and bakeries, among others, risk being affected on a larger scale, says Liselott Lindström.

- Bakeries and the forest industry can replace the gas with oil, but the pre-chemical industry, which uses the gas as a raw material, is much more difficult.

Gas pipeline from Estonia

To secure the supply of gas to its customers during the summer, Gasum plans to import gas from other sources via the BalticConnector pipeline, a gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia.

In addition, several industries have prepared for the feared halt.

-Several industries have switched and can use oil or liquefied natural gas as a substitute.

In addition, Estonia and Finland plan to install a liquefied natural gas terminal that will facilitate the foreland, says Liselott Lindström.

However, Gasum has warned that the transmission capacity in Balticconnector is deficient.

- And the local reserves have run out, there is a risk that the capacity will not be enough, says Liselott Lindström.

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