The operator of the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 2 releases part of the gas that is still contained in the intact pipe. It is correct that the pressure is being reduced, a spokesman for Nord Stream 2 AG confirmed on Thursday in the Swiss canton of Zug.
This is essentially a precautionary measure after the damage to the three remaining Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines. So far, the pressure of 105 bar required for operation has been maintained.
According to the operator, gas began to be released from the pipeline on Tuesday. This process will take about eight days. Nord Stream 2 AG did not provide any information on how high the pressure should be in the future. The safety of the gas pipeline is therefore not endangered by the reduced pressure: "That's not a Coke can," said the Nord Stream 2 spokesman.
Last week, a total of four underwater leaks were found on the two Nord Stream pipelines, and enormous amounts of gas escaped for days. The EU and NATO assume sabotage.