BERLIN– The Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline linking Russia to Europe has reported a drop in pressure, just hours after a leak was reported in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea off Denmark, the German Ministry of Health announced. Economy.
“We are also investigating this incident, together with the relevant authorities and the Federal Network Agency,” the ministry said in a statement late Monday. “We don’t currently know the reason for the drop in pressure.”
Both pipelines carry natural gas from Russia to Europe. While the Nord Stream 2 pipeline never ran, Nord Stream 1 carried gas to Germany until earlier this month when Russian energy giant Gazprom cut off supply, saying there is was in urgent need of maintenance work to repair key components.
Although they are not delivering gas to Europe, both pipelines are still full of gas, German news agency dpa reported.
After the earlier leak was detected on Monday, the Danish Maritime Authority issued a shipping warning and established a five nautical mile no-go zone around the pipeline “because it is dangerous for shipping traffic”.
Gazprom’s explanation of technical problems as the reason for the reduction in gas flows via Nord Stream 1 has been dismissed by German officials as a cover for a political power play after Russia invaded Ukraine.
Gazprom began cutting supplies via Nord Stream 1 in mid-June, blaming delays in delivering a turbine that had been sent to Canada for repair
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline was already complete when German Chancellor Olaf Scholz suspended its certification on the eve of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, after Russia formally recognized two Russian-backed separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.
Germany is heavily dependent on natural gas supplies from Russia, but since Moscow launched its war against Ukraine on February 24, Berlin has been trying to seek other energy sources.
Fears of a winter shortage have eased somewhat in the country as gas storage has increased in recent weeks.
“We see no impact on security of supply,” the economy ministry said, referring to the pressure drop in Nord Stream 1. “Since the Russian supply shutdown in early September, no more gas does not flow through Nord Stream 1. Storage levels continue to rise steadily and are currently at around 91%.”
Later on Tuesday, Polish, Norwegian and Danish officials will inaugurate a new gas pipeline that is the culmination of years of efforts to end decades of Polish and other countries’ dependence on Russian gas. .
Baltic Pipe will transport gas from the Norwegian fields, via Denmark and the bottom of the Baltic Sea, to a compressor station near Goleniow in northwestern Poland.