Nord Stream, the operator of the damaged Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, has received permission to undertake survey work in Danish waters, the Danish Geodata Agency told Reuters.
The firm intends to use a chartered ship to assess the damage on the pipeline, which supplies Russian gas to Germany through the Baltic Sea.
In September 2022, three gas leaks were identified at the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines offshore Sweden and Denmark. The pipelines are operated by Nord Stream, which is a consortium majority owned by Russia’s Gazprom.
As per the Danish army statement, Nord Stream 1 had two leaks northeast of Bornholm, and one leak was detected at the Nord Stream 2 in the south of Dueodde in the Baltic Sea.
Reuters recently reported that Sweden and Denmark have concluded that the incidents on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were the result of explosions.
According to an agency spokesperson, the firm submitted an application to the Danish Geodata Agency in October and approval was given on 1 November 2022.
Nord Stream is a 1,224km twin pipeline system that runs from Vyborg, Russia, to Lubmin near Greifswald, Germany, through the Baltic Sea.
The pipeline system crosses the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany, and the territorial waters of Russia, Denmark, and Germany.
Gazprom international projects owns a 51% stake in the Nord Stream pipeline. Other consortium partners include Germany’s Wintershall Dea, Switzerland-based PEG Infrastruktur, Netherlands-based N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, and France’s Engie.