Damaged Nord Stream 1 Pipeline Operator Says Initial Data Suggest Craters At Pipeline Location

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  • Nord Stream AG has completed initial data gathering at the location of the pipeline damage on Line 1 in the Swedish exclusive economic zone.
  • The Russian state-owned Gazprom majorly owns the pipeline.
  • According to preliminary results of the damage site inspection, 'technogenic craters' with a depth of 3 to 5 meters were found on the seabed at a distance of about 248 meters from each other. 
  • The section of the pipe between the craters is destroyed, and the radius of pipe fragments dispersion is at least 250 meters. 
  • Experts continue to analyze the survey data.
  • The Nord Stream twin pipeline system through the Baltic Sea runs from Russia to Germany.
  • Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 were damaged in September, and the infrastructure has been a focal point in a row between the West and Moscow.
  • Russia's defense ministry said British navy personnel blew up the Nord Stream gas pipelines, while London rebuffed the claims.
  • Sweden and Denmark have concluded that explosions caused four leaks on Nord Streams 1 and 2 but have not said who might be responsible. 
  • NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called the damage an act of sabotage.
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