There was a sharp drop in pressure in the two pipelines Nord Stream 1 and 2. A leak is said to exist in both gas pipelines in Danish waters. What’s behind it? The German authorities suspect a targeted attack.
First there was reportsaccording to which there is a leak in the system of the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 in Danish waters southeast of the island of Bornholm. A sudden massive loss of pressure in the pipeline filled with 300 million cubic meters of natural gas was reported, which the Danish Energy Agency linked to damage to the pipeline. According to Reuters, the Danish authorities have therefore instructed all ships to bypass the region for safety reasons.
Only a short time later announced Nord Stream AGthat Nord Stream 1 also experienced a sudden pressure drop. “Tonight, dispatchers at the Nord Stream 1 control center detected a pressure drop on both branches of the gas pipeline,” the company said in a statement. “The reasons for this are currently being clarified”.
Nord Stream 2 spokesman Ulrich Lissek said the AFP news agency, a “large bubble field near Bornholm” had been sighted. He emphasized that “the pipeline was never in operation, but was only prepared for technical operation and was therefore filled with gas”. He pointed out that the pressure in Nord Stream 2 is typically around 105 bar. On the German side it is only 7 bar.
The question now is how can it be that both parallel pipelines leak at the same time in the same area? In the event of a technical failure, only one pipeline would be affected. That much is clear. Not much tectonics is happening in the region, nor has there been any strong seismic activity, making this unlikely. The two pipelines should also hardly run through an area in which they would be endangered by underwater landslides.
Again “daily mirror” reported, the German security authorities have already intervened because a deliberate attack is suspected behind it. “Our imagination no longer produces a scenario that is not a targeted attack”, said a person privy to the assessment by the federal government and federal agencies, according to the newspaper. It was further said: “Everything speaks against a coincidence.” Above all, this would have to be carried out with special forces such as navy divers or with a submarine. This could have been either Ukrainian (or Ukraine-allied) forces or a Russian false flag action, authorities say. However, the latter seems rather improbable, since tens of millions of cubic meters of natural gas were lost as a result.
However, a few days ago there was apparently a planned attack on a Russian gas pipeline that leads to Turkey and from there to Europe. According to Russian sources, this was thwarted. Although the FSB did not specify which infrastructure was targeted, according to the “Bloomberg” report, it is likely to be TurkStream, which runs through the Black Sea.
Also, don’t forget that on February 7, Joe Biden threatened to destroy Nord Stream 2. If it can be proven that it was a US attack, it would have to be interpreted as a US military attack on Europe.