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Nord Stream Sabotage
The Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, which delivered energy to Germany from Russia, were hit by explosions in September 2022. In February, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh alleged that the explosions were organized by the US with the support of Norway.
Gas leak at Nord Stream 2 as seen from the Danish F-16 interceptor on Bornholm, Denmark September 27, 2022 - Sputnik International

LIVE UPDATES: Gas Leak on Nord Stream 2 Stops, Pressure Stabilizes, Danish Energy Agency Says

On 26 September, simultaneous attacks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines caused a fall in pressure and led to gas leaking into the Baltic Sea. Swedish and Danish authorities said they detected several explosions.
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the United States and its allies are switching their policy from imposing sanctions to destroying energy infrastructure.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the attack on the Nord Stream gas pipelines was an act of state terrorism. The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has opened an investigation into the case.
On Monday, Nord Stream AG pipeline said that a dispatcher had registered a rapid drop in gas pressure at Line A of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The operator later said that a pressure drop had been registered on both strings of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. The incident took place in Danish waters near the island of Bornholm.
The Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which is the main gas supply route to Europe, had been operating at 40 percent of its capacity since mid-June and fell further to 20 percent in July after western sanctions prevented the return of the pipeline's turbines which had been undergoing repairs in Canada.
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16:56 GMT 01.10.2022
EU to Discuss Critical Infrastructure Protection at Informal Summit on October 7
Protection of Europe's critical infrastructure will be featured on the agenda of the upcoming informal summit of the European Union in Prague on October 7 amid recent attacks on the Nord Stream gas pipelines, European Council President Charles Michel said on Saturday.
"Sabotage of #Nordstream pipelines is a threat to the EU. We are determined to secure our critical infrastructure. Leaders will address this at the upcoming summit in Prague," Michel said on Twitter.
15:31 GMT 01.10.2022
Gas Leak on Nord Stream 2 Stops, Pressure Stabilizes, Danish Energy Agency Says
Pressure on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has become stable, as no gas is left inside the pipeline, the Danish Energy Agency said on Saturday citing the pipeline's operator, Nord Stream 2 AG.
"The Nord Stream 2 AG company has informed the Danish Energy Agency that a stable pressure has now been achieved on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which indicates that the leak of gas has stopped," the agency wrote on Twitter.
14:16 GMT 01.10.2022
UK Offers Denmark Help in Probing Nord Stream Incidents
The United Kingdom has suggested assisting Denmark in the ongoing investigation of simultaneous attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines, with both sides being equally of the opinion that the incident was an act of sabotage, the UK government said on Saturday.
"[Danish] Prime Minister [Mette] Frederiksen updated [UK] Prime Minister [Liz Truss] on the damage caused to the Nord Stream pipelines last week. They agreed the incidents were clearly an act of sabotage. The Prime Minister offered the UK's support for the ongoing investigation," the UK government said in a statement.
The prime ministers agreed that the safety and security of the Baltic Sea "is in everyone's interest," and welcomed boosting the cooperation through the UK Joint Expeditionary Force, the statement also said.
"On energy security more widely, the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Frederiksen agreed on the need for likeminded democracies to work together to increase our energy independence," it added.
13:02 GMT 01.10.2022
Gazprom Says Working on Solution For Gas Deliveries Via Austria Together With Italian Buyers
Facilities of the Haidach gas storage station near Strasswalchen, Austria, are pictured on July 1, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.10.2022
Gazprom Halts Gas Supply Via Austria, Working on Solution With Italian Buyers
12:49 GMT 01.10.2022
Construction of the Urengoy-Surgut-Chelyabinsk pipeline. December 1978. - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.10.2022
Nord Stream Sabotage
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11:23 GMT 01.10.2022
Italian Eni Says Gazprom Informed of Impossibility to Supply Gas on Saturday
Italian oil and gas company Eni said that Russian energy giant Gazprom informed that it was unable to confirm the delivery of gas on Saturday as it is impossible to supply gas via Austria.

"Gazprom informed that it is not able to confirm the gas volumes requested for today, stating that it's not possible to supply gas through Austria. Therefore, today's Russian gas supplies to Eni through the Tarvisio entry point will be at zero. Eni will provide updates in case supplies will be restored," Eni said.
08:15 GMT 01.10.2022
Nord Stream Disruption May Cause Volatility in Energy Markets - Chinese Official
China is concerned over a disruption of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, which has exacerbated energy supply shortages in Europe and likely to cause volatility in the energy markets along with surging prices, Chinese Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Geng Shuang said.

"Physical disruption of the pipeline, as a result of the leaks, has exacerbated the energy supply shortages in Europe. Consumers around the world, particularly those in developing countries, are likely to suffer from the resulting volatility in the energy markets and the soaring energy price. Leaks are still going on, and the impacts on the shipping routes and ecological environment of the waters involved is still playing out," Geng said during the UN Security Council meeting.

The official also said that Beijing is ready to work with all parties to maintain the security of cross-border infrastructure.
07:25 GMT 01.10.2022
Gas Injection Rate Into EU Gas Storage Declining for 5th Day - Gas Infrastructure Operator
Gas injection rate at the European underground gas storage facilities (UGS) has been decreasing for the fifth day in a row, nosediving to a minimal figure of 0.15 percentage points a day amid cold weather, according to data from the Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) association.

European UGS are filled by 88,44% as of gas day on September 29, which ended at 04:00 GMT on September 30, the data showed.

The daily increase is estimated at 0.15 percentage points, according to the GIE. The EU's daily gas injection rate in September amounted to 0.28 percentage points.

Meanwhile, Latvia, whose gas storage is filled by 52.64%, has been tapping gas for the third consecutive day as well as Denmark, whose UGS are filled by 90%, but have 1.4 times lower capacity than the Latvian UGS, according to the data.

Earlier in September, the operator's data showed that Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden had filled their storage facilities beyond the 80% target. Only 18 out of 27 EU member states have UGS in their territory.

The heating season in Europe is due to start in mid-October, although last year it was pushed until November. At the same time, gas deliveries from Russia remain limited, given that Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were damaged in the Baltic Sea by means of explosions and rendered inoperative earlier this week. The Russian Prosecutor General's Office is investigating the incident as an act of international terrorism.

Ukraine keeps rejecting gas transit through the Sokhranivka entry point. Sudzha remains the only station pumping Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine.
05:22 GMT 01.10.2022
Sullivan’s Remark on Nord Stream Example of ‘Unfounded Demonization’ - Russian Embassy
The Russian Embassy in the United States says the remarks by US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan regarding the attacks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines are yet another example of russophobia.

Earlier this week, several explosions damaged Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Danish waters near the island of Bornholm. The Swedish and Danish authorities said they had discovered two gas leaks, with the consensus being that the incident resulted from sabotage. Sullivan told reporters on Friday that the United States does not believe that the attacks were "the work of any NATO ally."

"Such statements, as well as Mr. Sullivan's attempt to shift public attention to the alleged risks of physical and cyber attacks on Western infrastructure by Russia, is another example of the unfounded demonization of our country. We see it as a case of russophobia, deeply rooted in Washington, and desire to manipulate public opinion," the Russian embassy said in a statement commenting on Sullivan’s remarks.

The embassy pointed out that Sullivan contradicted himself by saying that there is a need for a comprehensive analysis of the accident in the Baltic Sea and refusing to speculate about those responsible for the act of sabotage, but at the same time ruling out the involvement of the United States and its NATO allies in the attacks.

"We call for a comprehensive and objective investigation of all the circumstances of this emergency," the Russian embassy stressed, highlighting Washington’s "urge to ‘sweep under the carpet’ uncomfortable questions about who actually benefits from the break in energy ties between Moscow and European capitals."

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia said on Friday that American gas suppliers benefit from the non-functioning Nord Stream pipelines.
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