Nord Stream 2 pipeline stopped gas leak in Baltic: spokesman

Nord Stream 2 spokesperson Ulrich Lissek said: “The water pressure is closing the pipeline to a greater or lesser degree, so the gas inside can’t get out.

“The bottom line is that there is still gas in the pipeline,” he added.

“It’s a million-dollar question,” Lisek said when asked how much gas he thought was in the pipeline.

Information on the status of the very large Nord Stream 1 pipeline leak was not immediately available.

The Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines linking Russia and Germany have been at the center of geopolitical tensions, with Russia cutting gas supplies to Europe in alleged retaliation for Western sanctions following Moscow sanctions.
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The pipelines are currently out of service, but both still contain gas and had four leaks before falling victim to apparent sabotage.

One of the Nord Stream leak sites photographed by the Swedish Coast Guard. Danish and Swedish reports said on Friday that the leak was caused by a blast wave equivalent to “hundreds of kilograms of TNT”. Photo: Swedish Coast Guard.
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Denmark and Sweden reports released on Friday They concluded that the leak was caused by an underwater explosion equivalent to hundreds of kilograms of explosives.

“All available information indicates that these explosions were the result of deliberate acts,” each country said.

However, the cause of the explosion remains a mystery, with both Moscow and Washington denying responsibility.

All of the leaks discovered Monday are in the Baltic Sea off the Danish island of Bornholm.

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Two of the leaks are in the Swedish exclusive economic zone and the other two are in the Danish exclusive economic zone.

Lissek said Nord Stream 2 notified the Danish energy regulator on Saturday that gas had stopped leaking from the pipeline.

Danish officials have said the leak will continue until the gas in the pipeline runs out, which is expected to occur on Sunday.

The Swedish Coast Guard said late Friday that a leak in Nord Stream 2 was showing signs of weakening due to the exhaustion of gas contained in the pipe.

The diameter of the sea level ‘boiling’ caused by a leak in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone is now only 20 meters (66 feet) wide, one-tenth of what it started with.

Nord Stream 1’s leak also began to weaken on Friday, reducing its surface diameter to 600 meters from Monday’s 900-1,000 meters.

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