The European Commission is aware of the leaks that occurred on the gas pipelines of the Nord Stream system. This was announced on September 27 by its representative Tim McPhee.
“The European Commission has been informed about the gas leak. We are closely monitoring the situation together with the EU countries involved. Currently, the security of supply is not violated, ”she said at a briefing.
McPhee assured that the European Commission is checking the possible consequences of accidents on the ecological situation in the region and on maritime traffic.
“We are monitoring whether there are any consequences of the methane leak, which affects climate change and air pollution, and are also in contact with Member States on the consequences for maritime shipping,” the representative added.
On the afternoon of September 26, a drop in pressure was recorded at Nord Stream 2. The incident occurred southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm. Coastal services established a five nautical mile buffer zone as a security measure.
Later that day, pressure dropped in both branches of Nord Stream. The reasons for the incident are still under investigation.
On September 27, the project operator Nord Stream AG described the destruction of gas pipelines that occurred on the same day as unprecedented. The company was unable to estimate the timing of the restoration of the gas transmission infrastructure.
Reacting to reports of accidents, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov did not rule out that sabotage could be the cause of the emergency. According to him, the incident is an issue affecting the energy security of the entire continent.
Deputy Director General of the National Energy Institute Alexander Frolov, in turn, told Izvestia that only the United States has an economic interest in the accidents that occurred on the Nord Stream lines.
He explained that the Nord Stream problems undermine the remnants of a ghostly opportunity to strengthen the energy security of the European Union and avoid part of the consequences of the economic crisis. Thus, the competitor represented by the European Union is increasingly at risk of becoming an industry donor for the United States, the expert concluded.