Finland beefs up protection of energy infrastructure

Finland is taking emergency measures to safeguard its national energy infrastructure following suspected sabotage of a gas pipeline connecting with Estonia. Concerns have arisen after the Balticconnector gas pipeline was shut down eight days ago due to fears of gas leakage from a hole in the 77-kilometre pipeline. The Finnish government is restricting access at around 230 sites amid concerns about potential sabotage by Russia.

The port of Inga, which hosts one of Finland’s two floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, is among the areas where access is being restricted. Finnish operator Gasgrid has noted that repairing the pipeline could take months or longer.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has indicated that the damage to the gas pipeline and communication cable is likely the result of external activities, though the exact cause of the damage remains unclear. Investigations are ongoing in cooperation between Finland and Estonia.

This incident raises concerns about the security of critical energy infrastructure in the region. Notably, last year, the Nord Stream gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea, which connect Russia and Germany, were damaged by explosions believed to be deliberate acts of sabotage. These incidents underscore the importance of maintaining the security and integrity of energy infrastructure in the face of geopolitical tensions.

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