The CIA once warned of the risk of the Nord Stream pipeline being sabotaged

The CIA in June is said to have warned Europe about the risk of the Nord Stream gas pipelines from Russia to Germany being sabotaged.

German newspaper Spiegel on September 27 quoted three senior US officials as saying that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in June issued “strategic warnings” to a number of European countries, including Germany, about the risk that two Nord Stream gas pipelines from Russia “could become an attack target”.

US officials said the CIA did not specify when, where or how the sabotage was carried out in the warning. They also declined to confirm whether Russia is suspected of being responsible for the attacks on the two Nord Stream pipelines.

They believe that it seems that the three recent Nord Stream pipeline leaks are caused by sabotage, but have not yet reached a conclusion on the culprit. Earlier, some European officials announced that two pipelines Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 1 lost pressure suddenly when gas leaked into the sea. They believe this is the result of sabotage, but it is not clear who caused it.

The CIA has not commented on the information of US officials.





Gas bubbles leaking from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline rise to the surface of the Baltic Sea, near the Danish island of Bornholm on September 27.  Photo: National Defense of Denmark.

Gas bubbles leaking from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline rise to the surface of the Baltic Sea, near the Danish island of Bornholm on September 27. Image: Danish Defense Force.

The Swedish Maritime Authority (SMA) on September 26 announced the detection of two leak locations on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, as well as receiving information about the leak location on Nord Stream 2. Swedish police said opened an investigation into the suspicion of sabotage causing a leak of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

Nord Stream AG, the operator of two Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, said that the occurrence of three damaged locations on the same day on gas pipelines in the Nord Stream system is “unprecedented”. “. Nord Stream AG is currently unable to estimate the recovery time for gas transit through these pipelines.

President Joe Biden’s administration said on September 27 that the US was “in no hurry to blame Russia or any other party” for the leak on two Nord Stream pipelines. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that there would be no speculation about the cause of the incident and that the US would assist European partners in investigating the incident.

The Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines have become the focus of geopolitical tensions in recent months, as Russia cut off gas supplies to Europe. Although the pipelines are not working, both still contain gas.





Leak location on Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines. Graphics: DW.

Leak location on Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines. Graphics: DW.

Nord Stream 1 is the largest gas pipeline from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea, consisting of two parallel pipelines with a capacity of 27.5 billion m3 per year on each side. It has only operated at 40% capacity since June, citing a turbine being held by Canada after being sent to the country for maintenance.

As of July, Nord Stream 1 operates at 20% capacity, due to some turbine shutdown. Traffic through Nord Stream 1 stopped completely on August 31 for maintenance, and Russia’s Gazprom announced on September 2 that it could not reopen the pipeline because the main turbine at the Portovaya compression station near St. Petersburg has an oil leak.

Nord Stream 2 completed by the end of 2021, located almost parallel to Nord Stream 1, is designed to transport gas from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea without going through Ukraine or Poland, doubling gas supplies from Russia to Germany to 110 billion m3 per year.

Germany on February 22 postponed the grant of permits for Nord Stream 2 indefinitely, two days before Russia began its special military operation in Ukraine.

Nguyen Tien (Theo Business News)

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