Pressure drop now also in Nord Stream 1: Was it sabotage?

Pressure drop now also in Nord Stream 1: Was it sabotage?
Pressure drop now also in Nord Stream 1: Was it sabotage?

The operator of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline has noticed a pressure drop in the German-Russian energy route. Both tubes are affected, a spokesman for the company told the German Press Agency. According to market information that is mandatory for network operators, the capacity of the pipeline has unexpectedly dropped to zero.

Such a pressure drop had already been detected in the Nord Stream 2 sister pipeline on Monday night. During the course of Monday, the responsible naval authorities identified a leak south-east of the Danish island of Bornholm as the probable cause.

Report: Targeted attack on Nord Stream pipelines possible

According to the Tagesspiegel, the Nord Stream pipelines could have been damaged by targeted attacks. The newspaper quotes an “insider” who is involved in the assessment by the federal government and federal authorities. “Everything speaks against a coincidence,” the insider said, according to the report. “Our imagination no longer produces a scenario that is not a targeted attack.” As it is said, such an attack or act of sabotage is not a trivial process, but must be carried out, for example, by special forces or with the help of a submarine.

While the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was never put into operation after its completion, but was only filled with gas once, gas flowed to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline until the beginning of September. After the Russian state-owned company Gazprom had already reduced its deliveries through the tube, it stopped them completely with reference to an oil leak in the Portovaya compressor station.

The article is in German

Tags: Pressure drop Nord Stream sabotage

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