A gas leak from the defunct Russian-owned Nord Stream 2 pipeline has prompted Danish authorities to issue a warning to ships in the Baltic Sea.
After the overnight leak, DenmarkThe energy agency has ordered the ships to stay 5 nautical miles from Bornholm Island.
It described the leak as “dangerous to on-board traffic”.
The German government and local law enforcement officials are also working to understand what caused the sudden drop in pressure in the pipeline.
“We are currently in contact with the relevant authorities to clarify the situation,” a statement from the German Economy Ministry said.
“We still don’t have clarity on the exact cause and facts.”
Nord Stream 2’s operator said the pressure in the pipeline, which had some gas sealed inside despite never being put into operation, dropped from 105 to 7 bar overnight.
The pipeline has been one of the focal points in the escalating energy war between Europe and Moscow since Russia Invades Ukraine in February caused gasoline prices to skyrocket.
Intended to double the volume of gas flowing from St Petersburg under the Baltic Sea to Germany, it has just been completed and is filled with 300 million cubic meters of gas when Germany canceled it a few days before the invasion.
European countries have opposed Russia’s calls to allow the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to operate and accused Moscow of using energy as a weapon.
Russia denies doing so and blames the West for the lack of gas.