Kremlin: Sabotage cannot be ruled out as reason for Nord Stream damage

A file photo of the pipes at the landing facility of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline in Lubumin, Germany, July 21, 2022. — Reuters pic

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 19:45 MYT

MOSCOW, Sept. 27 — The Kremlin today said it did not rule out sabotage as the reason behind damage to the network of the Russian-built Nord Stream pipeline that caused an unexplained leak in the Baltic Sea. rice field.

The pipeline, designed to carry gas directly from West Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula to Europe’s largest economy, Germany, is a stepping stone in the energy war between Russia and its traditional European customers over the dispute in Ukraine. is in focus.

Network operator Nord Stream AG said today that three offshore lines of the Nord Stream gas pipeline system had suffered “unprecedented” damage in a single day.

Asked whether sabotage was the cause of the damage, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: “At the moment there is no option that can be ruled out.”

Peskov said the Kremlin was very concerned about the situation and called for a speedy investigation as it is a matter that affects energy security “on the whole continent”.

“This is very disturbing news. We are indeed talking about damage of an unclear nature to pipelines in the Danish economy,” Peskov said. “This is an issue related to energy security across the continent.”

The combined annual capacity of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines is 110 billion cubic meters, more than half of Russia’s normal gas exports.

Swedish maritime authorities warned of two leaks in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, shortly after leaks were discovered in the nearby Nord Stream 2 pipeline, causing Denmark to limit shipping in a 5 nautical mile radius Now

Nord Stream AG said it was not possible to estimate when the gas network system would return to function.

Each line of pipelines consists of approximately 100,000 concrete-clad steel pipes weighing 24 tons laid on the bottom of the Baltic Sea. According to Nord Stream, the inner diameter of the pipeline is constant at 1.153 meters.

A section of the pipeline lies at a depth of approximately 80-110 meters.

The 1,224 km long Nord Stream 1 consists of two parallel pipelines, each with an annual capacity of 27.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) of nameplate, from Vyborg, Russia, to its exit point in Lubumin, Germany. Started supplying to Germany in 2011.

Flow through the pipeline, which had been operating at only 20% of its capacity since July, was stopped at the end of August and did not resume after maintenance.

Nord Stream 2, which runs almost parallel to Nord Stream 1, was manufactured in September 2021 but never launched due to Germany’s refusal to approve it.The project was completely halted days before Moscow sent troops to Ukraine on February 24. — Reuters Kremlin: Sabotage cannot be ruled out as reason for Nord Stream damage

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