Nord Stream 1 suffered massive damage from blasts in September

More than 50 metres of Nord Stream 1 was virtually destroyed by blasts that impacted the pipelines that made up Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2.

Video shot by a Norwegian robotics company that was published by Swedish newspaper Expressen showed a massive tear in the Nord Stream 1 pipe.

Danish police said that they believed that powerful explosions blew four holes in the pipe and its newer twin, Nord Stream 2.

Working with Expressen, Blueye Robotics used a submersible drone to film the twisted and bent metal of the Nord Stream pipe 80m beneath the surface of the sea. Parts of the pipeline are either missing or buried in the seabed, the company said.

“It is only an extreme force that can bend metal that thick in the way we are seeing,” drone operator Trond Larsen told Expressen.

Danish police findings appear to confirm those of Swedish authorities.

“The inspections have confirmed that there has been extensive damage to Nord Stream 1 and 2 in the Danish exclusive economic zone,” said Danish police.

German, Danish, and Swedish authorities have all been investigating the incident but Swedish prosecutors reportedly rejected a joint investigation out of fears of sharing sensitive information related to national security. Russia previously demanded to be involved in any investigations, saying the damage was in international waters, but Denmark and Sweden refused.

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