Russia The operator of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is supposed to transport gas under the sea to Germany, confirmed that three branches of the pipeline collapsed at the same time.
Russia The operator of the North Stream 2 pipeline, which is supposed to transport gas under the sea to Germany, confirmed that three branches of the pipeline collapsed at the same time.
According to the operator, this is “like is an “unprecedented” event:
The company said that it is impossible to say how long it will take to restore the pipeline.
On September 26, the operator of the Nord Stream pipelines reported a drop in pressure in two branches of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the area of Bornholm Island in the Netherlands.
The reasons for the incident are not disclosed, but experts do not rule out the possibility that the belt was deliberately damaged.
On the same day, the authorities of the Netherlands at sea gas prohibited the movement of ships in a 9-kilometer radius in this area due to the leak.
The press secretary of Nord Stream company Ulrich Lissek said in an interview with Deutsche Welle radio that gas A “big bubbling lake” is observed in the area where the leaks occurred.
After that, local media reported that the ships also observed the North Stream 1 pipeline leaking from two places.
The German newspaper Tagesspiegel claimed, citing a source in the German government, that the reason for the drop in pressure in the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 pipelines could be due to deliberate damage to the pipes.
Tagesspiegel writes that two versions of the gas leaks are currently being considered.
Belts according to the first version Ukraine or caused damage by related forces. So that Kyiv to Europe Russia is interested in transporting gas only through its territory and the Yamal pipeline to Poland.
According to the second version, the diversion could have been carried out by Russia itself in order to accuse Ukraine.
On September 27, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he does not rule out sabotage as the cause of the gas leaks.
The cost of knowing LXR and DXR
The annual capacity of the North Stream pipeline is 55 billion cubic meter. Its operator is Nord Stream AG.
The North Stream 1 branch of the belt was commissioned in 2012. But in response to Russia’s unprovoked and groundless attack on Ukraine, the North Stream 2 pipeline was not put into operation.
Two days before the war in Ukraine, Germany suspended the certification process of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline indefinitely.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz said that such a decision was made against the background of Russia’s decision to recognize the so-called republics of the LXR and DPR.