Italy increases oversight of undersea wires

(MENAFN) According to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to Reuters on Tuesday, the Italian government has increased monitoring and controls over the undersea electricity and communications cables that are located off its coast.

Based on the source, the decision was made in response to the explosions that were discovered on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, which connect Russia to the European Union via Germany, in late September.

Additionally, Reuters reported last week that Italy had increased monitoring of the pipelines delivering gas into the nation from the south and east.

Two senior officials told the agency that security measures had been increased at the TransMed pipeline, which runs from Algeria to Sicily; the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which connects Azerbaijan to Apulia; and the GreenStream connection, which runs from Libya to Sicily.

Following the operator's loss of pressure on the pipelines on September 26, Danish authorities detected breaches on both the Nord Stream 1 and 2. Later, according to Danish and Swedish police, a number of underwater explosions were discovered close to the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm.


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