Germany investigates Nord Stream 2 . pipeline pressure drop

Germany announced an investigation into the pressure drop in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, while Denmark said a leak was detected near the pipeline.

A spokesman for the German Economy Ministry said today that the cause of the sudden drop in pressure in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is “unknown” in “the waters under German sovereignty”.





Pipeline at a Nord Stream 2 station in Lubmin, Germany, March 7.  Photo: Reuters

Pipeline at a Nord Stream 2 station in Lubmin, Germany in March. Photo: Reuters

Authorities are investigating “to clarify the situation”, a spokesman for the German economy ministry said, adding that Denmark had been alerted. The Danish Maritime Authority later reported a gas leak near the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, warning ships to stay away from the area.

Ulrich Lissek, a spokesman for the company that operates the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, said it was “possibly underwater” that there was a leak. They discovered a “big bubble near Bornholm”, a Danish island in the Baltic Sea.

“The pipeline has never been used, only prepared for technical operation, so it is filled with gas,” he said.

Nord Stream 2 runs parallel to Nord Stream 1, the largest gas pipeline from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea, transporting about 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Moscow gradually cut off gas supplies through Nord Stream 1 from July and closed indefinitely for maintenance reasons in early September.

Berlin accuses Russia of using gas as a weapon to retaliate against Western sanctions, which Moscow has repeatedly denied.

Russia recently stated conditions for ensuring gas supplies to Europe, including canceling sanctions on Moscow and starting Nord Stream 2, a pipeline completed in September 2021, designed to transport gas. from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea without going through Ukraine or Poland. The project aims to double gas supplies from Russia to Germany to 110 billion cubic meters per year, but Berlin indefinitely postponed the grant of permits on February 22, after Russia recognized two Ukrainian breakaway regions.





Location of Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines from Russia to Germany.  Graphics: Al Jazeera.

Location of Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines from Russia to Germany. Graphics: Al Jazeera.

Hong Hanh (Theo AFP/Reuters)

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