According to the company, one of the explosions took place at a distance of about 500 meters from the Swedish-Polish high-voltage line. “We do not know how strong the underwater detonation was. To make sure everything is fine with our cable, we will take measurements next week,” SVT Per Kvarnefalk from Svenska Kraftnat told Sweden.
SwePol Link is currently out of service due to a scheduled inspection, hence it is not known what the condition of the section that crosses the Nord Stream north-east of Bornholm is unknown.
The co-owner of the 450 kV cable leading from Karlshamn in southern Sweden to the vicinity of Słupsk is Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne. The line allows both countries to transmit electricity to each other when there is a power shortage in one of the countries.
The media reports that the Swedish coastguard found a fourth leak in the Nord Stream pipeline. Two of the four spills are in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone. The other two holes are in Danish waters.
Politicians from many countries suggest that this could be an act of sabotage and point to the Russian side. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, assured during a conference call that Russia had nothing to do with it. He describes the accusations of Western politicians in this matter as “absurd”.