The General Directorate of Energy of Denmark declared this Tuesday the emergency in the electricity and gas sectors after detecting three leaks in the last hours on the Russian Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines.
“Pipe breakages are rare, so we see reason to raise the level of emergency as a result of the events that occurred last day. We want to ensure detailed surveillance of critical infrastructure to reinforce security of supply”, stated in a statement.
The announcement supposes the ascent to the orange levelthe second highest on a scale of five, which implies that “concrete measures” that companies in the gas and electricity sectors must implement “to increase the safety of, for example, plants, buildings and facilities” will be communicated.
Danish authorities initially reported a leak in the North Stream 2 in Danish waters in the Baltic and, subsequently, two others in the North Stream 1one in the waters of this Nordic country and another in those of the neighboring Swedennear the island of Bornholm.
Both pipelines are out of service: The Nord Stream 1 has been detained for weeks after Russia alleges an oil leak at the only Russian compressor station still in operation; the other was never operational, as Germany suspended the approval process shortly before Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.
The Danish Navy has decreed a order prohibiting navigation within a radius of nine kilometers around the areas of the leaks and, the flights, in an area of one kilometer.
“It is not estimated that there may be consequences for safety or health outside the prohibited areas. This also applies to the inhabitants of Bornholm and Christiansø (Danish Baltic Islands), warned the Directorate General for Energy.
According to this body, it is “too early” to say anything about the causes of the leaks.
Nord Stream AG, the infrastructure manager based in Swisshad also confirmed this Tuesday a “drop in pressure” in both threads of the Nord Stream 1, after a similar problem had been detected in the other gas pipeline.
“The authorities and the government are following the situation carefully and will keep the population continuously informed,” Danish Energy Minister Dan Jørgensen told the Ritzau agency.
IMPACT ON GERMANY
The Nord Stream 1 pipeline that carries gas from Russia to Europe has seen a pressure drop, hours after a spill was reported from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea near Denmark, according to the German Ministry of Economy.
“We are investigating the incident as well, together with the authorities involved and the Federal Network Agency,” the ministry said in a statement late Monday. “At this time we do not know the reason for the loss of pressure.”
(With information from EFE and AP)
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