At least eight drillings were carried out on a German gas pipeline under construction for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in northern Germany.
According to the media, the damage caused by this incident is more extensive than initially reported; Last week the presence of three perforations in the pipes had been mentioned. These damages are estimated at approximately 1.6 million euros.
More details on the drilling of the German gas pipeline
Likewise, the drilling occurred in the fourth segment of the LNG route between Brunsbüttel and Hetlingen, in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. They were carried out at distances of more than a kilometer from each other and, apparently, using professional equipment.
According to information from the German Police, the damage was discovered on November 28 during an electronic inspection of the pipes.
Meanwhile, Germany’s Federal Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation based on initial suspicion of “unconstitutional sabotage,” a crime that occurs when critical infrastructure, such as telecommunications or energy supply systems, is deliberately damaged. This legal action is carried out in the context of the construction of the gas pipeline intended to supply fuel from the Brunsbüttel terminal to the national grid, a decision that was taken amid Berlin’s efforts to reduce its dependence on Russian gas supplies.
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