Sweden’s coast guard discovered a fourth gas leak on the damaged Nord Stream pipelines earlier this week, a spokesperson told the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
EU suspect that sabotage was behind the gas leaks on the Russian underwater pipelines to Europe and has promised a “robust” response to any deliberate disruption of its energy infrastructure.
“Two of these four are in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone,” Coast Guard spokeswoman Jenny Larsson told the newspaper late Wednesday. The other two violations are in the Danish exclusive economic zone.
According to one of the versions, strings of gas pipelines were damaged by distant explosive devices. pic.twitter.com/zqIOrH0pxX
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While neither pipeline was in use at the time of the suspected explosions, they were filled with gas that has spewed into the Baltic Sea since Monday’s cracks.
Repair equipment as needed
The damaged gas pipeline Nord Stream 1 can use the Pipeline Repair and Subsea Intervention (PRSI) Pool which provides repair equipment to member companies, it said in a statement to Reuters.
PRSI Pool provides pipeline repair equipment to its members as part of a cooperative of operating companies and includes, among others, Norway’s Equinor and Nord Stream 1 operator Nord Stream AG.
Over a month stoppage
The Gazprom-led Nord Stream 1, which has an annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters, was halted on August 31 for what Gazprom said would be three days of repair work. The company failed to restart feeds, claimed it could not carry out the necessary work due to Western sanctions imposed on Moscow.