Nord Stream: Denmark announces the end of the gas leak


North Stream
Denmark reports the end of the gas leak

View of the gas leak in the Baltic Sea from a Danish Armed Forces helicopter.  Photo: Rune Dyrholm/Armed Forces of D

View of the gas leak in the Baltic Sea from a Danish Armed Forces helicopter. photo

© Rune Dyrholm/Armed Forces of Denmark/AP/dpa

No more gas should escape from the damaged Nord Stream pipelines in Danish territory. Sweden sees only a decrease in escaping gas.

According to Danish authorities, no more gas is leaking from the damaged Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea. One is from the operator, the North Stream AG, was informed that the pressure in the pipeline at Nord Stream 1 had meanwhile stabilized, the authority said on Twitter on Sunday afternoon. This indicates that no more gas is escaping. The Danes had already announced the same status for Nord Stream 2 on Saturday.

Previously, large amounts of gas had escaped continuously for days from the four leaks in the two pipelines – two of them in Swedish waters, two in Danish waters. After several overflights over the area on Sunday afternoon, the Swedish authorities announced that gas was still escaping in areas of around 100 meters and the smaller leak around 15 meters in diameter. Although this was significantly less than a few days ago, it was the same as on Saturday. Forecasts were still assuming that there, too, the gas leak would take place on Sunday should stop. According to the Swedish Coast Guard, it initially had no explanation as to why this happened more quickly in Danish waters.

Many states assume sabotage. At least two explosions happened underwater, they said Denmark and Sweden later in the week. Seismological institutes have measured a strength of 2.3 and 2.1, which “probably corresponds to an explosive charge of several hundred kilograms”.

dpa



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