An underwater drone operated by the Norwegian company Blueye Robotics captured the first images of the blown-up Nord Stream pipelines, revealing 50 metres of missing pipeline.
Two subsea pipelines that connected Germany and Russia were destroyed last month. The explosions were so strong, according to Swedish and Danish officials, that seismic equipment in the Baltic Sea region registered their magnitudes as M2.3 and M2.1.
The Nord Stream pipelines were destroyed by an explosive load estimated by EU authorities to weigh “several hundred kilos,” which resulted in four leaks at four different places, including two in Swedish and two in Danish waters.
Nearly a month later, neither EU authorities nor Western intelligence services can definitively identify the perpetrators of the explosions of NS1 and NS2 in NATO’s backyard. New footage has surfaced of the blown-up undersea pipeline that is more than 80 metres below the surface of the Baltic Sea.
The heavily damaged pipelines’ first public photographs have been obtained by the Swedish daily Expressen. 50 metres of concrete-reinforced steel pipe, according to reports, are missing from one part of the pipeline.
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The underwater drone was flown by Norwegian company Blueye Robotics, which obtained the following pictures:
The underwater drone may be seen in the following video investigating the badly damaged pipeline.
Specs on the pipes used in NS were provided by Bloomberg’s Javier Blas for context. He claimed the NS pipe is quite strong.
The first photos of the Nord Stream damage are now available. One can only assume that significant-sized weapons were employed to completely vaporise portions of the pipeline.