Russia’s Gazprom said on Monday that it had stopped leaking gas from three ruptured Nord Stream pipeline lines under the Baltic, and that it may be possible to resume pumping through the remaining single line.
In a statement, the company said pressure on the three lines had stabilized and it was working to reduce environmental risks.
Europe has launched investigations after large leaks were discovered in Russia’s two Nord Stream gas pipelines, which have a pair of lines each. Germany, Denmark and Sweden said they believed there had been sabotage. Sweden sent a submarine to the site to probe which caused three gas pipelines to explode.
Map shows Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea — Photo: Arte g1
Nord Stream 1 reported a significant pressure drop on both lines, presumably caused by ruptures, while Nord Stream 2 reported a similar sharp pressure drop on its “A” line.
Gazprom said Nord Stream 2’s “B” line can still export gas to Europe if a decision is made to start deliveries.
Nord Stream 1 was fully functional before Russia reduced and stopped gas flows for the past six months, citing non-payment in Russian rubles and technical issues.
But the recently completed Nord Stream 2 was never operational as Germany, where the pipeline reaches the mainland, froze the permit process as Russia prepared to invade Ukraine.
“If the decision is made to start deliveries via Nord Stream 2’s B line, natural gas will be pumped into the pipeline after the integrity of the system has been verified and verified by the supervisory authorities,” he said.
Bubbles appear on the surface of the Baltic Sea near Denmark, after the Nord Stream 2 leak — Photo: Danish Defense Command / Reproduction via REUTERS
Pipes from the Nord Stream 1 pipeline facility in Lubmin, Germany — Photo: REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke