Denmark: The leak from the North Stream gas pipeline has been stopped



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Denmark: The leak from the North Stream gas pipeline has been stopped

The Nord Stream pipeline in the Baltic Sea has stopped leaking gas after it was damaged in an explosion, Danish authorities announced. Nord Stream AG, the operator of the Nord Stream 1 underwater gas pipeline, has confirmed that the pressure in the pipeline has stabilized, the Danish Energy Agency said on Twitter on Sunday, adding that this means the gas is no longer leaking.

“The Nord Stream AG company has informed the Danish Energy Agency that a stable pressure now appears to have been achieved on the two Nord Stream 1 pipelines. This indicates that the blowout of gas from the last two leaks has now also been completed,” the Danish agency tweeted Sunday.

The agency already announced on Saturday that gas has stopped leaking from the underwater gas pipeline North Stream 2. Since the early hours of Monday morning, a total of four leaks, two in Danish and two in Swedish waters, have been discovered in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines that used to transport Russian gas to Europe.

The transport of Russian gas has been stopped for the past few months as part of the sanctions against Russia due to its aggression against Ukraine.

Many European countries assume the gas leak was caused by sabotage

Earlier this week Denmark and Sweden told the United Nations Security Council that the leaks were caused by "at least two detonations" with "several hundred kilos" of explosives.

President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the West of sabotaging the Russia-built pipelines, a charge vehemently denied by the United States and its allies. At least two explosions took place underwater, Copenhagen and Stockholm jointly announced on Thursday.

Seismological institutes measured tremors of magnitude 2.3 and 2.1 on the Richter scale, which "probably corresponds to an explosive charge of several hundred kilograms" Swedish authorities already reported on Saturday that the amount of gas flowing out of the pipeline is decreasing.