View of the Nord Stream 2 plant in Lubmin
Hannibal Hanschke / REUTERS
In the wake of the gas leak from the decommissioned Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline, Danish authorities have urged ships to avoid the island of Bornholm within a five-mile radius.
The leak is dangerous for shipping, said the responsible Danish authorities.
From the point of view of the German Environmental Aid (DUH), there is no major danger to the environment, at least in the short term.
The German government told Reuters that it was in contact with the Danish authorities and was working with local law enforcement to find out what caused the sudden pressure drop in the pipeline.
The Danish Energy Ministry declined to comment.
Pressure drop also at Nord Stream 1
In addition to the gas leak on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the operator of Nord Stream 1 also reported a pressure drop.
A spokesman for the company told the German Press Agency that both tubes were affected.
The capacity of the pipeline has unexpectedly dropped to zero, according to market information that is mandatory for network operators.
According to the company, the cause is being investigated.
Despite the second incident within 24 hours, the Federal Ministry of Economics and the Federal Network Agency do not see any effects on the security of supply in Germany: "Since the Russian stop of deliveries at the beginning of September, no gas has flowed through Nord Stream 1. The storage levels are still increasing continuously.
They are currently around 91 percent.«
While the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was never put into operation after its completion, but only filled with gas once, gas flowed to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline until the beginning of September.
After the Russian state-owned company Gazprom had already reduced its deliveries through the tube, it stopped them completely with reference to an oil leak in the Portovaya compressor station.