The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which connects Russia with Germany, stopped leaking under the Baltic Sea this Saturday, October 1, 2022.
“The water pressure has more or less closed the gas line, preventing the gas inside from escaping”said Nord Stream 2 spokesman Ulrich Lissek. “The conclusion is that there is still gas in the pipeline”he added.
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According to the Swedish authorities, the leaks had decreased on Friday. The diameter of the surface bubble caused by the leak in the Swedish exclusive economic zone was only 20 meters wide, ten times smaller than when it started.
Filled with gas but out of order
Recall that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was filled with gas but was not working at the time of the leaks, which were discovered on September 26th. It simply did not enter service as planned in retaliation for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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The leak at Nord Stream 1, stronger, had also weakened by the end of the day on Friday as a marine boiled down to 600 meters in diameter, down from 900 to 1,000 earlier.
Danish and Swedish authorities had estimated in a letter to the UN Security Council on Friday that the leaks should stop by Sunday when tens of thousands of tons of gas in the gas pipelines are exhausted.
“All available information indicates that these explosions are the result of a deliberate act”Sweden and Denmark also wrote that, without pointing to a responsible country.
The European Union concerned
As the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline continues to leak and Moscow denies any sabotage or involvement in these unexplained leaks, European leaders will meet next week to discuss the security of its infrastructure.
“The sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines is a threat to the EU. We are determined to secure our critical infrastructure. The leaders will raise this issue at the next summit in Prague.”tweeted Charles Michel, President of the European Council, after meeting Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Saturday.