Fourth leak found in Nord Stream pipeline, Swedish coast guard says

OSLO, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A fourth natural gas leak was detected on the damaged Nord Stream pipeline earlier this week, a spokesman for the Swedish Coast Guard told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

The EU suspects the sabotage is behind a gas leak in Russia’s undersea pipeline to Europe and has pledged a “robust” response to any deliberate damage to its energy infrastructure.

“Two of the four are in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone,” Coast Guard spokeswoman Jenny Larson told the paper late Wednesday. The other two violations occurred in Denmark’s exclusive economic zone.

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The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment on Thursday.

While neither pipeline was in use at the time of the suspected explosion, they were filled with gas that had been pouring into the Baltic Sea since its rupture on Monday.

The Swedish Coast Guard said the fourth leak occurred in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, near a larger hole found in the nearby Nord Stream 1.

This week, Danish authorities reported a hole in each of two pipeline sections in its waters.

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Reporting by Terje Solsvik; Editing by Stine Jacobsen and Clarence Fernandez

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