Gas leak discovered on blocked Russian pipeline — RT Business News

Danish authorities spotted a breach near Bornholm after Nord Stream 1 and 2 lost pressure

Denmark observed a gas leak near the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm and closed the immediate area to traffic, state media reported on Monday. The discovery comes after the Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 suffered a drastic loss of pressure overnight.

« A gas leak is observed at position 54° 52.60’N – 015° 24.60’E, » the Danish Maritime Authority said in a Notice to Mariners, warning of a « hazard to navigation ».

Denmark has also closed the area within five nautical miles (9.26 kilometers) of the site, which is just southeast of Bornholm.

The location is currently under investigation, but it has not yet been confirmed whether the leak is the cause of the sudden drop in pressure in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Danish public broadcaster DR reported. .

On Monday evening, pressure also dropped in both lines of the former Nord Stream 1, Forbes reported, citing the pipeline operator. The cause of the fall was still under investigation.

Nord Stream 1 was built in 2011, allowing Russia to deliver natural gas directly to Germany without having to transit through Ukraine or Poland. Construction of Nord Stream 2 began in 2018, but was hampered by political pressure – and economic sanctions – from the United States. The pipeline was completed and pressurized in September 2021.

On February 22 – before the Russian military operation in Ukraine – the government in Berlin indefinitely suspended the certification of Nord Stream 2. Since then, Germany has categorically refused any suggestion from Moscow – or its own people – to stop blocking the pipeline. .

Meanwhile, the volume of gas supplied through NS1 has plummeted, due to what Moscow said were technical problems compounded by anti-Russian sanctions.

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