Swedish investigators have confirmed that the Sept. 28, 2022, explosions at the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were “gross sabotage.” The Swedish Prosecution Authority’s (SPA) conclusion followed what were described as “extensive seizures” from and “careful documentation” of the Baltic Sea site at which the detonations occurred.
SPA said that traces of explosives were present on “several” of the recovered objects and that its investigation would now focus on determining whether a responsible party can be identified.
Earlier this month, initial data gathered by Nord Stream AG revealed technogenic craters with a depth of 3-5 m on the seabed about 248 m apart from each other. The section of the pipe between the craters was destroyed, with fragments dispersed at least 250 m from the blast site. Analysis of the survey data continues.
Nord Stream 1 and 2 run roughly parallel to one another crossing the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast to Greifswald, Germany. Each has a design capacity of 55 billion cu m/year.