Nord Stream: Explosions Equivalent to 'Hundreds of Kilos' of TNT | War in Ukraine

Spread the love

Nord Stream: explosions equivalent to “hundreds of kilos” of TNT | War in Ukraine

< /p>

The four leaks affecting the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea are due to underwater explosions corresponding to “hundreds of kilos” of TNT.

All four leaks from Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea are due to underwater explosions amounting to “hundreds of kilograms” of TNT, an official report from Sweden and Denmark said on Friday handed over to the United Nations.

The magnitude of the explosions was measured at 2.3 and 2.1 respectively on the Richter scale, probably equivalent to an explosive charge weighing hundreds of kilos, the two Scandinavian countries indicate in a communication to the UN Security Council.

The latter is meeting on the subject on Friday in New York at the request of Russia.

The two leaks on the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline are expected to stop on Sunday.

All available information indicates that these explosions are the result of a deliberate act, write Sweden and Denmark in their letter to the UN Secretary General, without pointing to a possible culprit.

< p class="e-p">The leaks were discovered Monday in international waters east of the Danish island of Bornholm. Two are located in the exclusive economic zones of Sweden and the other two in those of Denmark.

“It cannot be excluded that this was a reckless attack on the energy infrastructure of the Europe and an attempt to destabilize an already tense security situation. »

— Nordic Defense Ministers in joint statement

Finland, Iceland and Norway thereby reiterated their support for Denmark and Sweden on the conduct of the investigation.

The source and author of the explosions remain a mystery, with Washington and Moscow both denying responsibility.

Danish Defense Minister Morten Boedskov, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Danish Climate Minister Dan Joergensen and Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod talk to the media about gas leaks from the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, in Copenhagen , Denmark, Tuesday, September 27.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused Westerners of being behind the explosions that caused major leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, built to bring Russian gas to Europe.

By staging explosions on international gas pipelines that run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, they have actually begun to destroy Europe's energy infrastructure, Vladimir Putin lambasted during a speech in the Kremlin, blaming the sabotage on Anglo-Saxons.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday denied allegations by Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling it outrageous disinformation.

“I have nothing to add to these absurd allegations by President Putin that we or our allied partners are in any way responsible for this.

—Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State

Against the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine and tensions between Russia and the West, the damage caused to the gas pipelines – strategic installations between Russia and Germany – are at the origin of impressive boilings at the surface ranging from 200 to 900 meters in diameter.

Navigation in the zones as well as their overflight are prohibited.

The Nord Stream consortium AG, which operates the pipelines, said in a statement Thursday evening that it could begin assessing the damage to the pipeline as soon as it receives the necessary official authorizations, i.e. when the pressure in the pipeline has stabilized and the gas leak will have stopped.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline gas leak seen from the air in the Baltic Sea.

One ​​of four leaks on Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea is starting to weaken, Swedish authorities said on Friday.

Located over Nord Stream 2 on the Swedish side, this leak has shrunk in size but is still ongoing, the Swedish Coast Guard said in a statement Friday morning.

The second, larger Swedish leak linked to Nord Stream 1, meanwhile, shows no sign of abating, according to the Coast Guard.

Asked by AFP about the evolution of the leaks on the Danish side, the Danish police did not comment.

According to the Danish-Swedish document, the two leaks on the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline should stop on Sunday. The date of the end of the leaks on Nord Stream 2 remains uncertain.

The Lubmin gas terminal in Germany is the link between Russian oil and the European gas distribution network.

Copenhagen estimated on Wednesday that more than half of the gas contained in the two pipelines – non-operational, but laden with methane – had already leaked and that the rest would escape by Sunday.

According to a simulation released Friday by the #x27;an independent Norwegian Nilu Institute, which specializes in air analysis, the methane cloud has moved with the winds over several Swedish and Norwegian regions since Monday, even reaching the United Kingdom.

According to its estimates, almost 80,000 tonnes of methane have already escaped from the damaged pipes of the two gas pipelines. That's more than four times the annual emissions from the oil and gas sector in Norway, one of Europe's largest hydrocarbon producers.

Methane emissions are not dangerous to human health, according to authorities, but contribute to global warming.

Previous Article
Next Article