December 3, 2022

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The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline connecting Russia to Germany has stopped leaking under the Baltic Sea

The Nord Stream 1 and 2 infrastructure, built to transport Russian gas to Europe, were damaged by an underwater explosion on a Danish island in the Baltic Sea on Monday, causing extensive seepage.

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The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline connecting Russia to Germany is no longer leaking under the Baltic Sea, the operator announced on Saturday (October 1). “The water pressure has more or less closed the gas pipe so that the gas inside cannot escape”said Ulrich Lissek, spokesman for the Nord Stream 2 operator. “The conclusion is that there is still gas in the pipe.”He added without being able to specify the amount.

The Nord Stream 1 and 2 infrastructure, built to transport Russian gas to Europe, were damaged by an underwater explosion on a Danish island in the Baltic Sea on Monday, causing extensive seepage. Information on the status of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline leak was not immediately available.

The subject of geopolitical arm-wrestling in recent months, two pipelines operated by a consortium that depends on Russian giant Gazprom are out of action as a result of the war in Ukraine. But both were full of gas.

On Friday evening, the Swedish Coast Guard announced that leaks in Nord Stream 2 showed major signs of weakening due to exhaustion of gas in the pipelines.

The diameter of the surface bubble caused by the spill, located in the Swedish exclusive economic zone, was now 20 meters wide, ten times smaller than it had been initially.

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The leak in Nord Stream 1, which was more powerful, began to weaken by the end of the day Friday, causing a sea to boil up to 600 meters in diameter, up from 900 to 1,000 at the start.