Nord Stream inspects pipeline in Swedish zone and awaits Danish permission

A massive crack and bent metal can be seen on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline at a depth of 80 meters in videos published by the Swedish newspaper Expressen.

According to the newspaper, videos shot on Monday show how over 50 meters of the pipeline is either missing or buried under the seabed and long cracks can be seen on the seabed leading to the pipe rupture.

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Swedish journalists were given permission to photograph one of the Nord Stream explosion sites using an underwater drone (ROV).

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“It’s just an extreme force that can bend metal that thick like we see it,” Trond Larsen, drone operator at Norwegian company Blueye Robotics, told Expressen.

Larsen, who piloted the submersible drone that captured the video, also said you could also see “a very large impact on the seabed around the tube.”

Investigations by the Danish police, the military and the intelligence agency PET have now confirmed that the leaks at Nord Stream 1 and 2 were caused by explosions, the Danish police said in a statement on Tuesday.

Copenhagen Police and PET are working together to investigate what caused the leaks, the statement said.

“Investigations have confirmed that extensive damage has occurred to Nord Stream 1 and 2 in Denmark’s exclusive economic zone and that the damage was caused by powerful explosions,” the written statement said.

Copenhagen police said it was too early to say when the investigation would be completed, but would continue to work closely with “the relevant authorities in Denmark and abroad” to investigate the blast sites.

The two Nord Stream pipelines were damaged by explosions under the Baltic Sea in late September, causing four leaks.

While the leaks were in international waters, two of them were in the Danish exclusive economic zone and two of them were in Sweden.

Swedish authorities announced on October 6 that they had conducted an underwater inspection of the site and collected “evidence” and that the inspection supported suspicions of probable sabotage.

The pipelines linking Russia to Germany were at the center of geopolitical tensions as Russia cut off gas supplies to Europe in alleged retaliation to Western sanctions over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Although the pipelines were not in operation, they contained gas before falling victim to the apparent sabotage.

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