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NBI probes into vessels´ acts during gas pipeline damage

Published : 17 Oct 2023, 04:12

  DF Report
File Photo: Baltic Connector Oy.

The police have been investigating into the vessels present at the time of the incident and are examining their activities in the area, said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in a press release on Monday.

Investigations into the damage to a gas pipeline and a telecommunications cable have progressed over the weekend. The technical investigation at the scene has been allowed to continue.

The National Bureau of Investigation has continued its investigation into the events leading to the damage to the gas pipeline and the telecommunications cable over the weekend. There are still several lines of investigation, all of which are being pursued in parallel.

As one line of inquiry, the police have been investigating the vessels present at the time of the incident and are examining their activities in the area.

“The investigation is still in a very active phase on many levels,” said Risto Lohi, Detective superintendent.

“Already now, a very large body of information has been accumulated, and it is being analysed all the time,” Lohi added.

On Monday, the police have continued preparations in cooperation with the authorities to carry out a more detailed technical investigation of the area, but due to the weather conditions, it has not yet been possible to carry out all the measures.

The area under investigation is extensive and the authorities will continue to operate in the area until further notice.

The international cooperation launched last week has been wide with authorities in different countries, and domestic cooperation with authorities such as the Finnish Border Guard has been further intensified, the press release added.

The natural gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia was temporarily closed on Sunday afternoon following a suspected leak on October 8.

On October 10, the authority said that the damage to the Baltic Connector gas pipeline and a data cable between Finland and Estonia was likely caused by an external actor, not caused by the normal gas transmission process.

Finland and Estonia are jointly investigating into the damage to the Baltic Connector gas pipeline and a data cable between the two countries.

The repairing works of the Baltic Connector gas pipeline will take at least five months.