Gas from Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline leaks into Baltic Sea

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BERLIN, Sept. 26 (Reuters) – Danish authorities on Monday asked ships to stay within five nautical miles of the island of Bornholm after a gas leak that occurred overnight from the defunct Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Russia. hands discharged into the Baltic Sea.

The German government said it is in contact with Danish authorities and working with local law enforcement to find out what caused the pressure in the pipeline to suddenly drop. The Danish Ministry of Energy declined to comment.

The pipeline has been one of the flashpoints in an escalating energy war between Europe and Moscow since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, which has ravaged major Western economies and sent gas prices soaring.

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“Today there was a leak in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Danish region,” the Danish energy agency said in a statement.

Danish maritime authorities had issued a navigation warning and established a zone around the pipeline “because it is dangerous for shipping traffic,” it added.

The Nord Stream 2 operator said the pressure in the pipeline, which contained some gas that was sealed on the inside despite never becoming operational, dropped from 105 to 7 bar overnight.

The pipeline, intended to double the amount of gas flowing from St. Petersburg under the Baltic Sea to Germany, had just been completed and filled with 300 million cubic meters of gas when Germany canceled these days before the invasion.

“Overnight, the Nord Stream 2 landfall coordinator recorded a rapid drop in gas pressure on Line A of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline,” the Nord Stream 2 operator said in a statement.

“The investigation is ongoing.”

NO CLARITY

European countries have resisted Russian calls for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to work, accusing Moscow of using energy as a weapon. Russia denies that and blames the West for gas shortages.

“We are currently in contact with the relevant authorities to clarify the situation. We still have no clarity about the causes and the exact facts,” said a statement from the German Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The Switzerland-based operator, which has been legally liquidated, said it had informed all relevant authorities about the leak.

Russian gas exporter Gazprom (GAZP.MM) referred questions about the incident to the Nord Stream 2 operator.

Russia has cut off gas supplies to several countries and has also halted flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, blaming Western sanctions for hampering operations.

President Vladimir Putin reprimanded the West in September for keeping Nord Stream 2 closed. Read More

Monday’s gas leak occurred a day before the ceremonial launch of the Baltic Pipe that transports gas from Norway to Poland.

The project is a central part of Warsaw’s efforts to diversify from Russian gas. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will travel to Poland on Tuesday to celebrate the occasion.

Nord Stream 2 was widely unpopular among Danish lawmakers, and the country passed a law in 2017 that allowed it to ban the project from passing through its territorial waters for security reasons.

But Nord Stream 2 later changed the original route to send it through Denmark’s exclusive economic zone, where this veto could not be exercised.

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Reporting by Thomas Escritt, Christian Kraemer, Stine Jacobsen, Terje Solsvik, Marek Strzelecki and Matthias Williams; Written by Matthias Williams; Editing by Andrea Ricci and Mark Potter

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Thomas Escritti

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Correspondent in Berlin who has researched anti-vaxxers and treatment practices against COVID, reported on refugee camps and covered warlord trials in The Hague. He previously covered Eastern Europe for the Financial Times. He speaks Hungarian, German, French and Dutch.

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