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Nord Stream 1 operator says he found craters where pipeline was damaged

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MOSCOW, Nov 2 (Reuters) – The operator of the Russian-led Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline said on Wednesday it had completed initial data collection at the site of gas pipeline damage on line 1 in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone. and found “technogenic craters”.

“According to the 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,” it said.

The Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, lying on the Baltic seabed from Russia to Germany, were damaged in September and the infrastructure has been a point of tension in the wider dispute between the West and Moscow.

The Russian Defense Ministry charged on Saturday that British naval personnel blew up the Nord Stream gas pipelines, a claim London denied.

Both Sweden and Denmark have concluded that four leaks in Nord Stream 1 and 2 were caused by explosions, but have not named a culprit. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called the damage an act of sabotage.

“The pipe section between the craters is destroyed, the scattering radius of the pipe fragments is at least 250 meters. Experts are still analyzing the study data,” added Nord Stream AG. (Reuters Report Edited in Spanish by Javier López de Lérida)

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