Nord Stream pipe fragments spread across wide area

Fragments of the Baltic Sea gas pipeline are found over a radius of 250 meters, shows company investigation.
Photo: Planet Labs Pbc/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix
Photo: Planet Labs Pbc/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix
RITZAU, translated by daniel frank christensen

An investigation of the area around the Nord Stream 1 pipeline now shows that the section between the two damage points is destroyed.

Moreover, shards from the pipe are found spread out on the seabed across a radius of at least 250 metes, Nord Stream AG informs in a statement.

According to a brief update on the company’s website, the investigation has focused on damage to Nord Stream 1, located in Swedish economic waters offshore of Danish island Bornholm.

”According to preliminary results of the damage site inspection, technogenic craters with a depth of 3 to 5 meters were found on the seabed at a distance of about 248 m from each other,” the Swiss-registered company writes:

”The section of the pipe between the craters is destroyed, the radius of pipe fragments dispersion is at least 250 m. Experts continue to analyze the survey data.”

A total of four leaks were found in late September along the Baltic Sea pipeline running between Russia and Germany, with two of the ruptures located in Swedish economic waters near Danish island Bornholm. The other two leaks are found in Denmark’s zone.

Major gas volumes from the pipeline were emitted into the atmosphere.

Seismic measurements in both Denmark and Sweden show that explosions occurred in the hours before the gas was seen bubbling to the surface.

The war in Ukraine had already resulted in plugged gas flows through the pipeline, however, large volumes remained present within the pipes.

Shortly after being discovered, both politicians and specialists said all evidence pointed to sabotage.

Both Scandinavian nations have concluded that the four damage points were caused by explosions.

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