“50 meters of pipe” exploded at Nord Stream: Last month, a leak was thought to have damaged at least 50 meters (164 feet) of an underwater pipeline that brings gas from Russia to Germany.
The enormous tear in the Nord Stream 1 pipe seems to visible in a video taken by a Norwegian robotics firm and released by the Swedish tabloid Expressen.
Danish police say there were four “strong explosions” near the pipe and its newer twin, Nord Stream 2.
Despite sabotage hypotheses, who or what caused the explosions is still unknown.
Gas deliveries have stopped since the explosions on the pipelines crossing the Baltic Sea on September 26.
The Kremlin says that western investigators are trying to find a link between the damage and Russia.
The Kremlin’s Dmitry Peskov said “elementary logic” showed that damaging the pipeline was not in Russia’s best interests.
Western politicians have avoided condemning Russia. Even while the EU claims Russia is using its gas supply as a weapon against the West since the West is assisting Ukraine.
Blueye Robotics and Expressen used a submersible drone to record the twisted Nord Stream pipe 80 meters below the sea.
The company said that portions of the pipeline are either missing or submerged on the ocean floor.
Drone operator Trond Larsen told Expressen that “only an incredible force can bend metal so thick in the manner we are witnessing.”
The conclusions of the Danish police seem to support those of the Swedish authorities. Who have also been looking into the pipeline breaches.
Danish police said that checks showed that Nord Stream 1 and 2 in the Danish Exclusive Economic Zone had sustained significant damage.
Swedish prosecutors said to have turned down a joint investigation. Because they didn’t want to share sensitive information about national security. However, German, Danish, and Swedish officials have all been looking into the event.
Denmark and Sweden rejected Russia’s request to investigate the damage in international seas.
Since Russia shut down the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in August. They claiming it needed repair, no gas has carried through it.
It is 1,200 km (745 miles) long and goes from the coast of Russia near St. Petersburg to northeastern Germany.
In February, when Russia invaded Ukraine, Nord Stream 2 was still trying to get permission to start running.