Danish PM Won't Rule Out Sabotage Of Nord Stream Pipelines Under Baltic Sea
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, that she “cannot rule out” sabotage after three leaks were detected on Russian natural gas pipelines running under the Baltic Sea to Europe, Monika Scislowska and Jan N. Olsen reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Photo Insert: Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen
Frederiksen spoke after simultaneous problems were reported with the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines that were not bringing gas to Germany amid an energy standoff caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but were still filled with the fuel.
She spoke at the inauguration of a new pipeline with Norwegian gas meant to wean Poland and Europe off Russian supplies.
Officials said the leaks did not pose any threat to energy supplies and experts said the environmental impact would be limited. Danish authorities announced Monday that a leak was detected in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which has never been used.
They were later informed of a major pressure drop on Nord Stream 1, which until recently has been a key source of gas to Germany.
"The destruction that occurred on the same day simultaneously on three strings of the offshore gas pipelines of the Nord Stream system is unprecedented. It is not yet possible to estimate the timing of the restoration of the gas transport infrastructure," officials said, Kirsten Grieshaber also reported for AP.
Nord Stream 1, which consists of two parallel lines with nameplate capacity of 27.5 billion cubic meters per year each, started supplying gas directly from Russia to Germany in 2011.
Flows via the pipeline, which had been working at only 20% of its capacity since July, were halted at the end of August and were not relaunched following maintenance. Russia blames faulty equipment at a key compressor station and Western sanctions over Ukraine for its idling, Anna Ringstrom, Stine Jacobsen and Matthias Williams reported for Reuters.