The object found in the waters of the Baltic Sea near the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline running from Russia to Germany is a sea smoke buoy, the Danish Energy Agency reported. The Russian-controlled company Nord Stream 2 AG took part in the reconnaissance operation.
Last week at Nord Stream 2 unidentified object found. “It has the shape of a cylinder, about 40 cm in height and 10 cm in diameter” – described the Ministry of Defense at the time Denmarksuggesting it may be a naval smoke buoy.
Now the Danish Energy Agency has confirmed these assumptions. The communiqué stated that the operation at a depth of 73 meters to extract the object had ended. After examination, it was assured that the buoy was not a safety hazard. As reported, a representative of the owner of the gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2 AG, participated in the operation.
Nord Stream gas pipeline explosions and leaks
In September 2022, near the Danish island of Bornholm, there was a explosions and gas leakage from Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2. There were a total of four pipeline failures. At the time of the explosions, none of the pipelines were carrying natural gas, but the pipes were filled with it. Russian gas stopped flowing to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline at the end of August 2022.
Nord Stream 2 was never launched, among other things, due to Russian aggression on Ukraine. The pipeline was expected to double the amount of Russian gas flowing from Russia to Germany. The government in Berlin suspended the approval process for Nord Stream 2 in February.
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