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Sweden and Denmark warn of three leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines detected in the last hours

The Danish Directorate General for Energy declared an emergency in the electricity and gas sectors on Tuesday after the Danish and Swedish authorities detected three leaks in the Russian gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and 2, which connect Russia with Germany, in the last few hours. by the Baltic Sea. Although both tubes are closed and not working, they are filled with gas, which must be kept at a constant pressure. The cause of the leaks is unknown at this time.

The Swedish maritime authority has warned this Tuesday of two leaks in the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, “one in the Swedish economic zone and another in the Danish, very close to each other,” according to a spokesman. The notice came just one day after a leak was detected in Nord Stream 2, which runs parallel to 1, also in Danish waters.

Given this, the Danish authorities have raised the level of alert in the electricity and gas sectors, which implies that companies must take measures to increase safety in plants, buildings and facilities. “Pipe breakages are rare, so we see reason to raise the level of emergency as a result of the events that occurred last day. We want to ensure careful monitoring of critical infrastructure to enhance security of supply,” Kristoffer Bottzauw, head of the Danish energy agency, said in a statement. For his part, the Danish Minister for Climate and Energy, Dan Jorgensen, points out that “it is too early to say anything about the causes of the incidents.” He has also assured that, for the moment, the leaks “have no effect on the supply” of the country.

For its part, the Swedish maritime authority, which locates the two new leaks to the northeast of the Danish island of Bornholm, has explained that it is “extremely vigilant to make sure that no ship gets too close to the place.” Already on Monday, the Danish authorities asked the ships that pass through the area to leave a distance of at least five nautical miles as they pass through the southeast of the island of Bornholm due to the first leak detected.

Nord Stream AG, the company that operates the gas pipelines, has reported that “the damage suffered on the same day simultaneously in three coastal branches of the Nord Stream is unprecedented”, adding that it is currently impossible to estimate when the pipeline will be repaired. gas transportation infrastructure.

In fact, both pipes, belonging to a consortium dependent on the Russian state Gazprom, are currently closed, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. After months of flow reductions based on alleged failures and the impossibility of repairing them due to the economic sanctions imposed by the invasion, Russia definitively closed the gas tap through Nord Stream 1 in August, citing a new failure at a Russian station near St. Petersburg. Germany, destination point of the tube, assures that the sanctions are a mere Russian excuse and that Russia uses the gas as an economic weapon against Europe. For its part, the Nord Stream 2 never came into operation, despite being finished, since Germany, in the midst of the conflict over Ukraine, did not issue the necessary permits for its entry into operation.

The leaks in these gas pipelines occur just when the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline is going to be inaugurated, which connects Norway with Poland, with a capacity of 10,000 million cubic meters per day and which will be inaugurated this Tuesday.