LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Russia's Gazprom
said on Monday that gas had stopped leaking from three ruptured
Nord Stream gas lines under the Baltic, and that it might be
possible to resume pumping through the remaining single line.
In a statement, it said the pressure in the three lines had
stabilised and it was working to reduce environmental risks.
Europe launched investigations after major leaks were
discovered in the two Russian Nord Stream gas pipelines, each
consisting of a pair of lines. Germany, Denmark and Sweden said
they believed there had been sabotage.
Nord Stream 1 reported a significant pressure drop on
both of its lines, presumed to be caused by ruptures, while Nord
Stream 2 reported a similar sharp pressure drop in its 'A' line.
Gazprom said Nord Stream 2's 'B' line could still export
gas to Europe, if a decision were made to start deliveries.
Nord Stream 1 had been fully functional before Russia
reduced and then stopped gas flows over the past six months,
citing non-payment in Russian roubles and technical problems.
But the recently completed Nord Stream 2 has never come
online, since Germany, where it makes landfall, froze the
authorisation process as Russia was preparing to invade Ukraine.
"If a decision is made to start deliveries through Nord
Stream 2's line B, natural gas will be pumped into the pipeline
after the integrity of the system has been checked and verified
by supervisory authorities," it said.
(Writing by Caleb Davis; Editing by Kevin Liffey)