“The owners of Nord Stream 1 have informed us for weeks that they wanted to do their own inspection of the damage to the pipeline,” said Navy Communications Chief Jimmy Adamson.
The consortium Nord Stream sent a Russian-flagged merchant ship to proceed to new inspectionit was announced today by the Swedish Navy.
“It’s a Russian-flagged commercial vessel chartered by the company that owns Nord Stream to conduct an inspection,” Navy communications chief Jimmy Adamson told AFP.
“The owners of Nord Stream 1 have informed us for weeks that they wanted to do their own inspection of the damage to the pipeline,” he added, clarifying that no permission from the Swedish authorities was needed for the inspection in the Swedish economic zone.
“After carrying out the inspection work, the specialists will be ready in 24 hours to start the study of the damaged area, which will take three to five days, according to our current estimates,” informed Nord Stream, in separate announcement.
“As part of the inspection of the section of the natural gas pipeline in the Danish exclusive economic zone, Nord Stream AG, (the operator of the natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 1) continues to await the decision of the authorities to grant the necessary permits for the damage assessment,” the consortium added.
On Wednesday, the Swedish armed forces also announced that they are conducting an inspection of the pipelines on their own initiative.
On 26 September, four very large leaks were detected in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 natural gas pipelines off the Danish island of Bornholm, two within the Swedish EEZ and two within the Danish EEZ.
Initial underwater inspections had reinforced suspicions of sabotage, as explosions preceded the leaks.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the two pipelines, which link Russia to Germany, have been at the center of geopolitical tensions, sparked by Moscow’s decision to cut off gas deliveries to Europe in alleged retaliation for Western sanctions.
Although out of service, the pipelines contained natural gas at the time they were damaged.
Both Sweden and Denmark concluded that four leaks in Nord Stream were caused by explosions last month but did not say who might be responsible.
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