Leaks in the gas pipelines Nord Stream, Denmark and Sweden speak of sabotage

Leaks in the gas pipelines Nord Stream, Denmark and Sweden speak of sabotage

The Nord Stream gas pipelines, which connect Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, were out of service due to the war in Ukraine and were both hit by spectacular leaks preceded by underwater explosions, which Denmark and Sweden say indicate sabotage.

The three large leaks, identified since Monday off the Danish island of Bornholm between southern Sweden and Poland, are visible on the surface with bubbles ranging from 200 meters to a kilometer in diameter, the Danish army said on Tuesday, supporting images.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline suffered a sharp drop in pressure on Monday, followed a few hours later by Nord Stream 1, which follows the route under the Baltic Sea.

“The clear opinion of the authorities is that these are premeditated acts. We’re not talking about an accident,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said at a press conference on Tuesday evening.

“Explosions have taken place and it’s probably about sabotage,” resigning Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, who is in charge of day-to-day business after losing the September 11 election, also added during a crisis press conference.

Like Denmark, Sweden does not view this as an act of aggression against itself as the incidents took place outside territorial waters in exclusive economic zones, the government said.

According to Copenhagen, the leaks are expected to last “at least a week” before the large volumes of gas are released from the two structures.

Denmark and Sweden confirmed on Tuesday morning that they are facing three leaks on the two gas pipelines.

The Swedish Seismic Institute recorded two underwater explosions “most likely due to detonation” before the incident, like its Norwegian and Danish equivalents.

– Bras de fer –

The two pipelines, operated by a consortium dependent on Russian giant Gazprom, have been the subject of geopolitical arm-wrestling in recent months and the fallout from the war in Ukraine. But both were still full of petrol.

The Kremlin, on which many eyes turned, said it was “extremely concerned” as “no” hypothesis was to be ruled out, including the sabotage.

In Kyiv, adviser to the Ukrainian Presidency Mykhaïlo Podoliak condemned “a planned terrorist attack” by Moscow without providing evidence.

The Polish Prime Minister also suggested Russian involvement without directly targeting Moscow. “We see clearly that this is an act of sabotage that probably marks the next stage of escalation of the situation in Ukraine,” said Mateusz Morawiecki, who on Tuesday inaugurated a gas pipeline connecting Norway with Poland.

“We are not ruling out any scenario, but we will not speculate about motives or actors” who could be involved, said Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde.

“There is still no information about who is responsible for this,” said Frederiksen.

On the American side, Washington refused to “confirm” an act of sabotage.

The operator of the pipelines, the Nord Stream consortium, acknowledged the exceptional situation. “An incident where three pipes get into trouble at the same time on the same day is not common,” an AFP spokesman said.

Military officials regularly warn of the danger of sabotage of vital civilian underwater assets (telecom cables, electrical connections, hydrocarbon distribution networks, etc.).

– “Very rare” –

Denmark dispatched two military ships, escorted by helicopters, to the scene and placed its energy infrastructure on Orange Alert, the second highest level of vigilance.

“Gas line leaks are extremely rare and we therefore see a reason to increase vigilance,” said Danish Energy Agency director Kristoffer Böttzauw after the incidents over the past 24 hours.

Nord Stream 2, completed in 2021, should double capacity to import Russian gas to Germany. Its commissioning was suspended in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine.

At Nord Stream 1, Gazprom gradually reduced gas supplies until the pipeline was completely shut down in late August, blaming western sanctions for delaying necessary repairs to the facility.

Shipping was prohibited within a radius of five nautical miles (approximately nine kilometers) from the three leaks, as well as overflight within a radius of one kilometer.

According to the Danish authorities, the incidents have had no impact on the safety or health of local residents.

The direct environmental impact should also be limited, although unburned natural gas has a strong greenhouse effect.

Reference: www.guadeloupe.franceantilles.fr

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