MOSCOW, 4 Oct — PRIME. Nord Stream AG is unable to inspect the damaged sections of Nord Stream 1 due to the lack of the requested necessary permits, the processing time for the application may take more than 20 business days, the pipeline operator said.
“Today, Nord Stream AG is not able to inspect the damaged sections of the gas pipeline due to the lack of previously requested necessary permits … According to information received from the Danish authorities, the processing time for Nord Stream AG’s request for an inspection may be more than 20 business days,” — the company said, specifying that it continues to interact with the competent authorities.
In particular, according to the statement of the Swedish authorities, in order to conduct a state investigation in the Baltic Sea around the damage sites, a ban on navigation, anchoring, diving, the use of guided underwater vehicles, and geophysical mapping has been introduced, the operator explained.
In addition, Nord Stream AG reported that the owner of the vessel, chartered by the company and equipped with the equipment necessary for the survey, currently does not have permission from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to depart for the work site.
The attacks took place on September 26 at once on two Russian export gas pipelines to Europe – Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2. Germany, Denmark and Sweden do not rule out targeted sabotage. Nord Stream AG reported that the state of emergency on gas pipelines is unprecedented and it is impossible to estimate the timing of repairs.
On October 3, Gazprom reported that the pressure in the damaged Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines had stabilized, gas leaks had stopped, and gas was being pumped out of another Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to check its integrity. In turn, the Swedish Coast Guard said that day that a “smaller” leak from Nord Stream 2 was continuing and even increasing slightly.
The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation initiated the initiation of a case on an act of international terrorism after the damage to the Nord Stream gas pipelines. Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking about the sabotage on the Nord Stream, said that the Anglo-Saxons are no longer enough sanctions, they have begun to destroy the pan-European energy infrastructure.
The operation of Nord Stream has been suspended since the end of August due to problems with the repair of Siemens turbines caused by Western sanctions, but the pipeline remained filled with gas. Nord Stream 2, completed in 2021 but never put into operation, has also already been filled with gas.