Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline hit by 'leaks' in Swedish and Danish zones

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Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline hit by 'leaks' in Swedish and Danish zones
Nord stream 1 pipeline facility in Lubmin, northeastern Germany. Leaks in the pipeline were reported in Danish and Swedish Baltic Sea zones on September 27th. File Photo: ODD ANDERSEN / AFP

Two leaks have been identified on the Nord Stream 1 Russia-to-Europe gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea, hours after a similar incident on its twin pipeline, Scandinavian authorities said on Tuesday.


"Authorities have now been informed that there have been another two leaks on Nord Stream 1, which likewise is not in operation but contains gas," the Danish climate and energy minister Dan Jørgensen told news wire AFP in a statement.

Following the leaks, Jørgensen said the authorities called for "higher levels of preparedness in the electricity and gas sector" in the country.


One of the leaks on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline occurred in the Danish economic zone and the other in the Swedish economic zone.

Like the leak on Nord Stream 2 the day before, the incidents are "subject to safety measures".

The Nord Stream 1 leaks were first spotted Monday evening, an hour after a drop in pressure was reported in Nord Stream 2, according to the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA).

"Around 8pm we received a report from a passing ship saying they saw something on their radar a little further north of the island of Bornholm," Fredrik Stromback, spokesman for the SMA, told AFP.

As a result of the leaks, navigational warnings have also been issued for a distance of five nautical miles and a flight height of 1,000 metres.

"The incidents on the two pipelines have no impact on the supply to Denmark," Jørgensen said.


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