Russia’s gas pipeline to Germany will not reopen as planned today, state energy firm Gazprom has said.
The firm said it had found an oil leak in a turbine on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, meaning it would be closed indefinitely.
The pipeline has been shut down for the past three days for what Gazprom described as maintenance work.
The news comes amid growing fears that families in the E.U will not be able to afford the cost of heating this winter.
Energy prices have soared since Russia invaded Ukraine and scarce supplies could push up the cost even further.
Moscow denies using energy supplies as an economic weapon in retaliation for Western sanctions imposed following Russia’s invasion.