Fourth Leak Reported in Baltic Nodal Stream Pipeline

STOCKHOLM — A fourth leak in the Nordstream pipeline has been reported off the coast of southern Sweden, the Swedish Coast Guard said on Thursday.

“There are two leaks” off the coast of Sweden, said Coast Guard spokesman Matthias Lindholm. There are two more off Denmark, he said.

Two of the leaks are in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which recently stopped supplying gas, and the other two are in Nord Stream 2, which has never been put into operation. Although not operational, both pipelines filled with gas, which leaked and bubbled to the surface.

The Nord Stream pipeline carries gas from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea. The Danish and Swedish governments believe the leaks from their countries were “deliberate actions”.

An explosion was recorded before the leak was reported. The first blast was recorded by seismologists early Monday morning on the island of Bornholm, Denmark. That night, his second strong blast, equivalent to a magnitude 2.3 earthquake, occurred northeast of the island. Seismic stations in Denmark, Norway and Finland also recorded the explosion.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Wednesday, before the fourth leak was reported, it would have taken a large explosive device to do the damage.

Associated Press