“The gas pipelines near Bornholm had to be damaged over a longer distance. Government experts say the pressure surge in the pipelines cannot be explained otherwise,” Spiegel writes.
The recordings published by the Danish armed forces show that the strongest spill is visible on the water surface with a radius of over a kilometer.
Three of the four threads are damaged
The German government confirms that three of the four lines of the Baltic pipelines NS1 and 2 have been damaged. currently checked to exclude the risk of possible further attacks.
After the damage to the gas pipelines, the price of gas in Europe increased by 16-19 percent.
Data from a seismic station on the Danish island of Bornholm indicate that two explosions may have occurred. The first shock was recorded on Sunday night at 2.03, and the second on Monday evening at 19.04. “In both cases, increased noise was noted for the following hours” – adds “Spiegel”.
According to the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam, an earthquake must not be involved. – There is no doubt that they are blasts or explosions – confirmed seismologist Bjoern Lund from the Swedish National Seismological Network (SNSN) on the SVT radio station.
The Danish Navy also said there was evidence of sabotage. The Polish side suspects that the mysterious leaks from the pipeline are a Russian provocation, adds “Spiegel” and notes that Russia is also talking about sabotage, as it perceives itself as a victim.
70 meters under water
The Danish authorities discovered a total of three leaks in gas pipelines. The Danish Energy Authority confirmed that there are two leaks from NS1 northeast of Bornholm and one from NS2 southeast of the island. For NS1, one spill is in Danish waters and the other in Sweden. The leakage from NS 2 is in Danish waters.
Ulrich Lissek, spokesman for Nord Stream AG, which is responsible for NS1, said that an investigation is underway and that no information has yet been provided on the extent of the damage. He only recalled that in the Bornholm region, the pipelines are located at a depth of approximately 70 meters below the water surface.
– They are arranged in such a way that it is highly unlikely that several of them will be damaged at the same time, for example by a single ship accident – says NS2 spokesman Ulrich Lissek. He added that he had never heard of similar incidents involving pipelines running along the seabed and emphasized “extremely high safety standards and a very solid construction of the pipelines”. The damage to the line could therefore only be caused by deliberate actions – he emphasized.