The move comes in response to sabotage on the Nord Stream pipelines, an official told Reuters
One of four gas leaks at one of the damaged Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, seen through the window of an aircraft. © AFP / Danish Defense
The Italian government has strengthened surveillance and controls on underwater energy and telecommunications cables off its shores, a source close to the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.
The decision comes in response to the explosions that were detected in late September on Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, connecting Russia to the EU through Germany, the source said.
Last week, Reuters also reported that Italy had boosted surveillance of the pipelines bringing gas to the country from the south and east.
According to two senior officials, who talked to the agency, security measures were boosted at the TransMed pipeline, which connects Algeria to Sicily, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), running from Azerbaijan to Apulia, and the GreenStream connection, between Libya and Sicily.
Danish authorities reported leaks on both the Nord Stream 1 and 2 on September 26 after the operator experienced loss of pressure on the pipelines. Danish and Swedish authorities later said a series of undersea explosions had been detected near Bornholm island in the Baltic Sea.