Denmark and Sweden will not participate in today’s meeting of the UN Security Council, where the damage to the gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea should be discussed. But the countries have sent a letter containing the findings of the Danish and Swedish authorities so far, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said today. According to him, the damage to the gas pipeline is an international problem because it is an “attack on the European energy infrastructure”.
According to the data recorded by seismologists, the gas pipeline was damaged by explosions of force comparable to the explosions of “several hundred kilograms of explosives”, the letter states. Both countries state in the text that they are very concerned about the effects on the environment and maritime transport in the Baltic.
According to Swedish Energy Minister Farmanbar, it is very likely that the gas pipeline was damaged intentionally, Reuters wrote today. “And it is very unlikely that anyone other than a state could do it without figuring it out first,” added the Swedish minister.
Leaks from the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, which run along the bottom of the Baltic from Russia to Germany, were reported this week by the Danish and Swedish authorities. According to the European Union and politicians from individual European countries, deliberate attacks are behind the damage to gas pipelines. However, it is not yet clear what exactly caused the damage. Russia denied that it was responsible for the damage, instead citing the United States. The Kremlin has described as “absurd” Ukraine’s accusation that Moscow is destroying its infrastructure to deepen the energy crisis in Europe and cause panic in the West ahead of winter.
A large amount of methane has leaked from the damaged Nord Stream gas pipeline, scientists say
A large amount of methane, which is an important greenhouse gas, leaked into the air from the damaged Nord Stream gas pipeline. According to initial estimates, this is an amount comparable to the annual methane emissions of a city the size of Paris. This was reported today by the observation network of greenhouse gas emissions ICOS. According to Norwegian researchers, a methane cloud has formed over the damaged gas pipeline, which will probably move north in the coming days.
According to the ICOS center, due to the damage to the Nord Stream gas pipeline, “a huge amount of methane” was released into the air. The center deduces this from data from land-based measuring stations in Finland, Sweden and Norway.
According to center representative Alex Vermeulen, the exact amount of leaked methane cannot be determined. The “difficult meteorological conditions” in the area and the fact that methane is still leaking from the pipeline are to blame. However, according to the first estimates, the amount of gas leaked is comparable to the annual emissions of a city the size of Paris or a country comparable to Denmark.
The first calculation was published today by researchers from the Norwegian Institute for Atmospheric Research (Nilu). According to the records from the measuring stations, they estimated that 80,000 tons of methane got into the air from the gas pipeline. “We have never seen anything like this before,” researcher Cathrine Lundová Myhreová told NRK television.
“It is not dangerous for people. It is not a flammable gas at such a concentration,” said another researcher from the Norwegian institute, Stephen Matthew Platt. According to him, methane will move more north to Finland in the direction the wind blows.
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