Second line of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline probably destroyed by explosions, Germany says

27 October 2022, 07:21 PM
Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will probably never go into operation (Photo:dragancfm/AdobeStock)

Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will probably never go into operation (Photo:dragancfm/AdobeStock)

The German authorities believe the second line of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was probably destroyed by explosions in September and will never be put into operation, German newspaper Der Spiegel reported on Oct. 27.

“It’s very likely that the act of sabotage with huge explosions has affected both lines of the pipeline, and therefore basic technical availability is no longer provided,” the German federal government said.

It is also noted that the gas pipeline has not received the necessary certification and cannot be put into operation from a legal standpoint.

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Berlin halted the pipeline’s certification process after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

The Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines were damaged as a result of explosions on Sept. 26.

Russian gas giant Gazprom stopped the operation of Nord Stream 1 in late August, while Nord Stream 2 has never been put into operation.

The German government believes that both lines of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines will never be usable again.

The authorities of Sweden, Germany and Denmark are investigating the causes of the explosions. At the same time, the Swedish prime minister said Russia would not be allowed to take part in the investigation.

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