A fourth leak in the Nord Stream pipeline has been reported in southern Sweden, Swedish news agencies said Thursday.
The Swedish coast guard told the TT news agency that they had a vessel at the site of the leak, off the coast of Sweden. The four leaks detected were in international waters — two near Sweden and two near Denmark.
The Nord Stream pipeline runs through the Baltic to transport gas from Russia to Germany. None of the pipes are operating, but they are all filled with gas. The governments of Denmark and Sweden believe that the leak that occurred near their territory was a “deliberate act”.
Before the leak was reported, an explosion was detected. The first explosion was detected by seismologists early Monday in the southeastern Danish island of Bornholm. A second, more powerful explosion in the northeast of the island that night was equivalent to an earthquake measuring 2.3 on the Richter Scale.
Seismic stations in Denmark, Norway and Finland also detected the explosions.
Several European officials and energy experts say Russia may be responsible for the sabotage as it directly benefits from higher energy prices and economic anxiety across Europe. However, others have warned against making accusations until investigators can determine what really happened.
Speaking on Wednesday before the fourth leak was reported, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said it would take a large explosive device to cause such damage. [ab/uh]